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Women's tennis in NEW8 first round

By Fiona Tan

Brandeis University defeated the women's tennis team in the opening round of the New England Women's Eight Conference championships, played last Thursday at Brandeis. It was a closely-contested match, which Brandeis eventually won, 5-3.

The Judges went on to defeat Wheaton College in the semi-

final match, before losing to Wellesley College in the final.

MIT's three points came on wins by Fiona Tan '91 and Valerie Tan '94 at first doubles, Valerie Tan at second singles, and Janet Chen '94 at sixth singles. It was a sweet revenge for the Tan sisters, as they had lost their previous encounter against Brandeis' first doubles team earlier in the season.

Valerie survived three match points against her opponent in her singles matchup before turning the match around, while Chen proved too consistent

for her opponent whom she beat with relative ease in two sets.

The match against Brandeis was one that could have gone either way, as most of the matches were close and well-contested. Jackie Nerney '94 fought hard in her No. 5 singles match before going down to her opponent in three sets. MIT's second doubles pair of Claudia Hung '93 and Sue Bach '93 also lost an excruciatingly close three-set match, while the third doubles team

of Pratima Rao '92 and Nicole Mitchell '94 put up a gallant fight against their opponents, who had won the third doubles match at the previous weekend's New England tournament.

(Fiona Tan '91 is the captain of the women's tennis team.)