Top-Seeded MIT Advances to Sunday's NEWMAC Championship

Top-Seeded MIT Advances to Sunday's NEWMAC Championship

THE BASICS:

- No. 1 MIT 5, No. 4 Mount Holyoke 0; No. 2 Wellesley 5, No. 3 Babson 2

- Location: Cambridge, Mass.

- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon, the MIT women's tennis team advanced to the 2016 NEWMAC Championship with a 5-0 victory over No. 4 seeded Mount Holyoke. The Engineers, the top seed in the tournament, will now host No. 2 seeded Wellesley College on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. in Cambridge. The Blue defeated No. 3 seed Babson College by a 5-2 final in the second semifinal.  

HOW IT HAPPENED: No. 4 Mount Holyoke vs. No. 1 MIT

- The Engineers got off to a fast start in doubles action as MIT swept all three matches from Mount Holyoke. At the No. 3 position, junior Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) and freshman Sharlene Song (Arcadia, Calif.) swept the Lyons team of Amy Chen and Clara Wang by an 8-0 final. The other two spots were 8-6 finals in favor of MIT, including at the No. 1 position for sophomore Kelly Zhu (Pearland, Texas) and freshman Lara Rakocevic (Portland, Ore.).

- In singles play, the Engineers picked up wins at the No. 2 and No. 4 spots to clinch a spot in Sunday's final. Song defeated Catherine Peabody by a 6-0, 6-1 final at No. 4, followed by Rakocevic clinching the match with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Ching Ching Huang.

HOW IT HAPPENED: No. 3 Babson vs. No. 2 Wellesley

- Wellesley held a 2-1 lead after doubles action, including an 8-5 win at the No. 2 spot as the Beavers rallied late in the match to close to within 7-5 before Andjela Stojkovic and Sarah Yan closed out the win.

- The Babson team of Yagmur Akgul and Dina Weick defeated Carina Chen and Justine Huang by an 8-5 final in the No. 1 doubles match.

- Akgul from Babson defeated Chen of Wellesley by a 6-1, 6-1 final at the No. 2 spot, but the Blue picked up wins at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 to seal the victory. The clinching point came in the No. 4 spot as Wellesley's Stojkovic broke Weick midway through the second set to earn a 6-1, 6-3 win to send the Blue into the final.

UP NEXT:

- MIT looks for its eighth overall NEWMAC Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. as the Engineers host Wellesley College in the league final. Live stats for the match will be available at www.mitathletics.com.

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