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ME trip gives women's tennis two losses

By Pratima Rao

Last weekend the women's tennis team traveled to Maine to face two tough opponents, Bowdoin and Colby Colleges. Despite several strong individual performances, MIT lost both matches, 0-9 to Bowdoin, and 2-7 to Colby.

After being on the road all day Friday, the Engineers arrived at Bowdoin in good time and were ready to play. The Polar Bears, however, proved to be too tough and well-adapted to the cold weather and their clay courts.

The MIT team fought hard, with Valerie Tan '94, Sue Bach '93 and Janet Chan '94 taking their opponents to three-set matches at the Nos. 2, 4 and 5 positions.

The evening ended with a thrilling doubles match played by MIT's first doubles team of sisters Fiona '91 and Valerie Tan. Bowdoin won in two tie breakers, 7-6, 7-6.

From Bowdoin the Engineers traveled to Colby for a 9 am Saturday match. Unfortunately, due to rain, the match was moved indoors, where the Engineers were forced to contend with low ceilings, strobe-like lighting, multi-colored courts and a suction-like surface.

MIT played well even under those adverse conditions, with Bach doing extremely well in winning her singles match. The Tan sisters also won their match at first doubles.

Tech coach Candy Royer said that her team played extraordinarily well under the circumstances.

The excitement was not over for the Engineers, for on the way home, the MIT van was stopped along Interstate 95 by US border patrol officers, who questioned the visa status of the Tan sisters, who are from Singapore. Because neither sister had brought her passport along for the trip, it took half-an-hour for the patrol officers to clear the Tans and permit the team to continue home.

MIT hosts Wellesley College this afternoon at 3:30 pm in a New England Women's Eight Conference matchup.

(Pratima Rao '92 is a member of the women's tennis team.)