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Babson defeats Bates in women's tennis, 6-3

Caryn Benisch '09

LEWISTON, Maine -- Babson College defeated Bates College 6-3 in a women's tennis dual match played at Bates late into Thursday night. The host Bobcats go to 0-1 after the lone head-to-head match of their fall season, while the visiting Beavers raised their record to 6-1 following their most closely contested match of the season.

Bates took a 2-1 lead after doubles play, but Babson took five out of six singles matches to clinch the win.

Earning points for Bates in doubles play were first-year tandem Erika Blauth (Hope, Maine) and Brooke Morse-Karzen (Wilmette, Ill.), who defeated Kali Hogan and Jes Huang 9-7 at second doubles. At third doubles, senior Caryn Benisch (Huntington, N.Y.) and first-year Charlotte Matlack (Villanova, Pa.) defeated Brittany Whitenack and Ashley Lake 8-5.

Morse-Karzen got Bates a third point at No. 4 singles, where she defeated Hogan, 6-3, 6-4.

Bates will finish up its fall competition at the NEWITT Championships, hosted by Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges Oct. 17-19.

Babson 6, Bates 3

Doubles Competition

1. Alex Piacquad/Meg Anderson (Bates) lost to Courtney Farrell/Heather Walsh (Babson), 8-6

2. Erika Blauth/Brooke Morse-Karzen (Bates) defeated Kali Hogan/Jes Huang (Babson), 9-7

3. Caryn Benisch/Charlotte Mattlack (Bates) defeated Brittany Whitenack/Ashley Lake

(Babson), 8-5

Singles Competition

1. Alex Piacquad (Bates) lost to Courtney Farrell (Babson), 6-4, 6-1

2. Meg Anderson (Bates) lost to Jes Huang (Babson), 7-6(2), 7-6(4)

3. Caryn Benisch (Bates) lost to Heather Walsh (Babson), 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2

4. Brooke Morse-Karzen (Bates) defeated Kali Hogan (Babson), 6-3, 6-4

5. Erika Blauth (Bates) lost to Rebecca Stone (Babson), 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 7-5

6. Sangita Murali (Bates) lost to Liz Sherrin (Babson), 7-6(4), 5-7, 3-3 retired