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Women's Tennis Captures NEW 8 Titles

By Claudia Hung
Team Captain

The women's tennis team completed their season Friday with a superb 7-2 victory over Brandeis University to win the New England Women's 8 Conference Championships. This was the first time in the 7-year history of the conference that MIT saw action in the finals. IN the semifinals, the team outlasted Smith College 5-4 in perhaps the best match of the season.

At Brandeis, Seniors Sue Bach, Seema Jayachandran, and Claudia Hung brought home points at 5th and 4th singles and 3rd doubles respectively. Hana Ohkawa `94, a transfer from West Point, won a tough 3-set match at 3rd singles, 6-4 in the third.

Janet Chen `94 turned in another outstanding straight set victory at the number six spot. All of MIT's doubles pairs dominated in the evening's performances. Freddie Turner `95, returning to the team for the first time since surgery in early October, paired with Valerie Tan `94 to win 6-4, 6-4. Ohkawa paired with Carol Matsuzaki `95 to bring home their point 6-4, 6-4. Bach and Hung were victorious with scores of 7-5, 6-2.

The only losses of the evening were at number one singles, where Turner turned in a valiant effort, losing 7-6 (9-7 in the tiebreaker) 6-2, and Tan was overcome by Minh Tran in a spectacular three set match, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-0.

Based on this season's performance and the results of conference play, two MIT players were selected for the All-Conference Team. Bach was chosen for the fourth position and Chen for the fifth. Coach Candy Royer was also honored as NEW 8 Conference Coach of the Year. The Engineers ended their season 13-2 overall and look forward to improving that record when they resume match play in March 1993.