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Women's Tennis Comes Away with One Win, Two Loses

By Carol Matsuzaki
Team Member

The women's tennis team had a busy weekend, playing Colby College on Friday and Wesleyan University on Saturday. MIT lost both matches 81. Still, they did win last Wednesday's matchup against Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Against Wesleyan, the doubles teams all had very tight, winnable matches but lost at all three positions, 84, 85, 8-6, respectively. The team feels that their doubles teams are getting stronger with each match they play.

At first singles Carol Matsuzaki '95 was victorious in a great comeback, 26, 61, 62. Competing at the number two position, Bobby Kommineni '97 played tough but came up against the top Division III Massachusetts recruit, losing 6-0, 6-0. Seetha Ramnath '96, at the number three position, played an extremely close and intense match all the way through, barely losing 63, 64.

Fourth singles player Miranda Fan '95 gave a valiant effort but lost 76 (71), 60. At the fifth spot, Lily Koo '97 played very well and lost 64, 62. Number six singles player Nora Humphrey '98 played with poise in a losing effort, 62, 64.

In exhibition singles play, Sejal Shah '95 lost a tight match, 85. Sarah Kringer '97 overpowered her opponent, as she took an 84 victory.

Engineers fall to Colby

In the Colby match, first doubles pair of Matsuzaki and Fan lost 8-6 in a match that was decided by less than half a dozen points. Second doubles pair Ramnath and Kringer and the third doubles team of Kommineni and Koo both lost their matches 8-2.

At first singles Matsuzaki played a good match but lost a close one, 76 (73), 64. Fan, at second singles, came up against a tough opponent and lost 60, 60. Kommineni fought well at third singles but also came up against a tough opponent, losing 61, 60.

At fourth singles, Koo played an excellent first set, just falling short 76 (72), 60. Ramnath dominated the first set 60 at the fifth singles position. In the second set, her opponent regained the momentum and took it 62, but Ramnath was not to be denied a victory, winning the third set with conviction, 63. At the sixth spot, Humphrey played an amazingly close set and competed extremely well, losing 63, 75.

"I was really proud of the way everyone competed this weekend," said Coach Candy Royer. "We have a super group to work with this year. . . . Every coach we played against noticed [our] exemplary sportswomanship!"

Beavers crush WPI

Last Wednesday, the team traveled to Worcester Polytechnic Institute seeking its first victory. The Beavers were successful, dominating eight of the nine matches played. MIT did a good job of keeping its focus and therefore playing solid, wise, and poised tennis.

At first doubles, the team of Matsuzaki and Fan lost the first game but never looked back, winning 81 with overwhelming serves and penetrating volleys. At second doubles the fairly new team of Kringer and Humphrey gave a good fight but was overcome with inexperience playing together and injury, as they lost a tight set, 85. The third doubles team of Koo and Kommineni totally crushed their bewildered opponents, 81.

Before the singles matches started, Royer advised the team to focus on service percentages and consistency. This they did and went on to sweep the rest of the matches.

At first singles Matsuzaki serve-and-volleyed her way to a 62, 62 victory. Second singles player Fan was down 41 in the first set but battled back beautifully, taking the next 11 games in the match, 6-4, 6-0.

Third singles player Kommineni used her powerful and attacking groundstrokes to slaughter her opponent, 62, 62. At number four singles, Koo totally annihilated her opponent, giving up only one game in the whole match, winning 60, 61.

Humphrey, playing her inaugural match as an Engineer made it evident that she is a competitor by massacring her opponent 63, 61 at the number five position. Number six singles player Shah showed how tough she really was by crushing her opponent in the tiebreaker, 63, 76 (71).

This victory gave the team it's first win in the New England Women's Eight Conference. The team hopes to continue this streak. The team will play Wellesley College at home today at 3:30 p.m. in its second NEW-8 match.