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Women's Tennis Drops Season Opener

By Carol Matsuzaki
Team Member

The MIT women's tennis team traveled to Wellesley College Wednesday for its first match of the spring 1994 season. Despite going in confident and having a big cheering section, the Engineers returned to Cambridge with a disappointing 54 loss. The top two players on the Wellesley team returned to play this spring, although MIT had beaten Wellesley in the fall, 90.

In singles play Captain Valerie Tan '94 faced an excellent player and lost in straight sets. Hana Ohkawa '94 played a grueling match and lost in 3 sets. Nicole Mitchell '94 also had a tough day and made quite a comeback in the third set after being down, 52, but fell just short of victory. Carol Matsuzaki '95, Janet Chen '94, and Sarah Kringer '97 were all victorious in dominant straight set victories. In exhibition singles play, Seetha Ramnath '96 stomped on her opponent, 8-2.

It was up to doubles to determine the winner of this match. At number three doubles the pair of Chen and Ramnath had total control of their match as they claimed a straight set point for MIT. At number two doubles, Ohkawa and Mitchell gave a fight but were defeated in straight sets. At #1 doubles, Tan and Matsuzaki came extremely close to taking their match but wound up short, as their opponents upped a notch on their level of play in the third and deciding set. In exhibition doubles play, Miranda Fan '95 and Bharati Kommineni '97, making her debut as an MIT tennis player, took a tough loss.

The team hopes to do better this weekend as they have back to back matches against two top schools in New England. On Friday it will play Amherst College at 3 p.m.; Saturday, the team will face Williams College at 2 p.m. Both matches are at home.