Tennis defeats BabsonBy Jennifer M. Moore
An exceptionally large number of fans showed up to cheer the women's tennis team to an 8-1 victory over Babson, which raised MIT's season record to 4-4. MIT swept the singles matches, winning each of the six contests in the minimum two sets. The doubles matches were closer, and MIT took its only loss in second doubles, 6-0, 6-4.
Although MIT played a good match, Babson's team is weaker than usual this year, said MIT coach Candy Royer. Royer was pleased that the MIT team did not come down to the level of their weaker opponents. Everyone played her usual game, despite the tendency to slack off in the face of a relatively simple task, she said.
Despite MIT's obvious domination in the match, all the games were extremely friendly, as each player commented on strong plays and accurate shots made by her opponent.
Captain Fiona Tan '91 never stopped smiling as she beat Babson's Meg Hennessey in first singles, 6-0, 6-2. Tan used the net well, scoring more than once on net balls. Both Tan and Hennessey executed strong strokes; one of Tan's serves was strong enough to break Hennessey's racket string. Because of this, the most common mistake of both was the long ball.
Fiona's sister Valerie Tan '94, in second singles against Babson's Jo Saunders, had one of the closer matches, winning 6-4, 6-1. Tan trailed at first, 3-2, but strengthened her game, executing excellent diving saves and volleys.
In the fifth singles, MIT's Jackie Nerney '94 against Babson's Kris Roberts was the only other close match. Both Nerney and Roberts started out weakly, but eventually regained their focus and played a strong game. Both had strong strokes, but had trouble with height, repeatedly hitting the ball directly into the net. In the second set, Nerney made several excellent shots down the line and into the corner, and scored on quite a few well-placed volleys.
Especially notable was the first doubles team of Pratima Rao '92 and Nicole Mitchell '94. Playing Babson's Hennessey and Anna Newbern in Rao and Mitchell's first doubles match ever, they played the closest match of the day, coming out on top, 7-6, 7-5. Royer proclaimed this match the highlight of the afternoon.
Other winners on Tuesday afternoon were Seema Jayachandran '93 over Newbern, 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles; Sue Bach '93 over Tracy Demaire, 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 4 spot; and Janet Chen '94 over Alex Diteso, 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 6 singles.