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Tennis team has good season

By Peter Tan

The MIT tennis team started the spring season with a tough but enjoyable trip out to sunny southern California.

After losing the first two matches to nationally-ranked University of California at San Diego and Pomona Pitzer College (5-4 and 6-3 respectively), the team rallied back to win the remaining three matches in California. MIT defeated Point Loma College (6-3), Redlands University (5-4), and the California Institute of Technology (9-0).

The most satisfying win on the road was the narrow win over Redlands. Traditionally, Redlands has been a team that has performed well in the national meets. The win was sweet revenge because MIT lost to them narrowly in last year's meeting.

Upon returning to New England, MIT has played five more matches and is unbeaten until now. MIT beat Bowdoin 8-1, University of Vermont 8-1, Tufts 8-1, and Trinity College 9-0.

A match away against Brandeis was stopped due to poor weather and will be resumed Monday. This will be a crucial match for the Engineers because MIT and Brandeis are in the running to compete in nationals.

The win over Tufts was also crucial because Tufts' midseason ranking was just below MIT. Such a sweeping victory justifies MIT's higher ranking.

The Engineers' overall record stands at 7-2, including seven straight wins. With three new freshmen, team morale is very high. The MIT squad is definitely aiming for nationals and will need to win their remaining matches to ensure themselves a berth.

(Peter Tan '89 is a member of the men's varsity tennis team.)