Women's Tennis Ends Year at 13-5
The women's tennis team has seen its best year ever, ending the season with a 13-5 record, which Coach Candace Royer feels may be enough to pull the team's NCAA Division III ranking from 18th place (where it stood going into the season) into the top 12.
The team closed its regular season on April 21 with an 8-1 win over Wellesley College. In singles: Freddie Turner '95 (1), 6-0, 7-5; Valerie Tan '94 (2), 6-2, 6-0; Hana Ohkawa '95 (3), 6-3, 6-0; Sue Bach '93 (4), 2-6, 1-6; Seema Jayachandran '93 (5), 6-1, 6-2; Janet Chen '94 (6), 6-2, 6-1. In doubles: Turner and Tan (1), 6-0, 6-1; Ohkawa and Bach (2), 6-1, 6-3; Pratima Rao G and Carol Matsuzaki '95 (3), 6-0, 6-1.
The team qualified for the Division III nationals for the first time in its history.
The men's tennis team closed its spring season with a disappointing pair of losses last week. On Sunday, they were defeated, 3-6, by Williams College, and on Wednesday they fell to Amherst, again 3-6.
Wind roared through the courts Sunday as the Engineers battled valiantly to defend their territory. It swept the ball about unpredictably and in many cases reduced the game to a trial of fortune.
The first of the day's victories was obtained by Jay Muelhoefer '94 (3), who captured a handy win at 6-3, 6-0. Other singles, however, were less than dominant, and though they fought mightily, had to finally admit defeat: Alan Walpole '93 (1), 4-6, 6-4, 2-6; Manish Bhatia '93 (2), 6-7, 3-6; Mauricio Lomelin '94 (4), 3-6, 4-6; Nick Tsai '94 (5), 4-6, 1-6; Mark Erickson '94 (6), 4-6, 1-6.
Doubles fared better, with the top two teams prevailing over Williams. Walpole and Muelhoefer (1) struggled at the net, but captured the first set, 6-4, then fell quickly to 0-5 in the second. They battled back to 3-5 before Williams closed out the set, 6-3, and discovered renewed strength in the third to clinch it early, at 6-2. Bhatia and Lomelin (2), played the only doubles match done in straight sets, winning 6-4, 7-6. Erickson and Tsai (3), confounded by stunning down-the-line passing shots, traded same-score sets with Williams to finally be defeated, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6.
Wednesday was calmer, but cold, and the Engineers were chilled into another loss. Singles suffered for a second time, opening dismally as each MIT player dropped his first set. Walpole (1) came back to take his second set, using that as a stepping stone to victory, winning his match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Muelhoefer (3) also split sets, but couldn't turn his second-set fortunes into gold, finally falling, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6. Other matches fared more foully, meeting ultimate failure: Bhatia (2), 4-6, 6-7; Lomelin (4), 1-6, 1-6; Erickson (5), 1-6, 3-6; Tsai (6), 5-7, 2-6.
Again the doubles teams showed themselves superior, with the top two teams, though different this time, triumphant. Walpole and Muelhoefer (1) played a match dominated by traded service breaks, ending with a winning score of 6-4, 6-4.