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Women's Tennis Has Tough Opening Loss Against Vassar

By Carol Matsuzaki
Team Member

The women's tennis team played their season-opener at home against Vassar College this past Saturday. Although Vassar won the overall match 90, there were many close battles. The MIT women proved that they were indeed champion competitors by showcasing their intrepidity, desire, and sportsmanship.

In doubles play, at first doubles Carol Matsuzaki '95 and Miranda Fan '95 played assertively and intensely but lost 63, 62. The duo of Seetha Ramnath '96 and Sarah Kringer '97 played well as a unit at second doubles but took a tough defeat, 76 (76), 75. The third doubles pair of Bobbi Kommineni '97 and Lily Koo '97 gave a valiant effort but came up short, 62, 64.

At first singles, Matsuzaki regrouped in the second set and played some passionate tennis but lost 62, 75. Fan, at second singles, evinced that she was a true fighter by taking the second set 62 after losing the first 60. In a very close and exciting third set, Fan played with excellent focus but lost 75.

At third singles Kommineni took a tough loss not to be ashamed of, 76 (8-6), 75. Fourth singles player Koo played some good solid tennis was defeated 62, 62. At fifth singles, Kimura competed valiantly but came up short 61, 61. Shah gave a good effort at sixth singles but went up against a tough player, losing 60, 60.

Coach Candy Royer and Assistant Coaches Janet Chen G, Elliot Schwartz G, and Joanne Paul feel that although the team members have their work cut out for them, the match provided some good information; and the team's enthusiasm, persistence, and drive are in line with a winning team.

Technically the team has acquired a mark in the loss column, but much more importantly, the team has realized what it is to be a team, to confront the challenges in the face of adversity, and to be proud of what one can accomplish in the attempt.

The team will travel to Worcester Polytechnic Institute tomorrow for its first away match.