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Tennis Smashes Wellesley

Carol Matsuzaki
Team Member

The women's tennis team played Wellesley College on Tuesday in their second New England Women's Eight Conference match this season. The Engineers emerged victorious with an exciting yet dominating win of 63 to stay undefeated in NEW-8 matches.

The key to MIT's success was teamwork, as they captured all three doubles matches in aggressive yet poised style.

At first doubles, the team of Carol Matsuzaki '95 and Miranda Fan '95 had an extremely tight match but they upped their intensity notch and took the tiebreaker with conviction, claiming victory 98 (73).

Second doubles pair Seetha Ramnath '96 and Sarah Kringer '97 showed exquisite teamwork as they dominated throughout the match, winning it 84. At third doubles Lily Koo '97 and Bobby Kommineni '97 played solid, aggressive tennis to take an 85 win.

MIT went into singles play with a 30 lead.

At first singles, Matsuzaki captured the fourth point for MIT as she beat her opponent 61, 62. Second singles player Ramnath played with an awesome intensity throughout the whole match, which lasted more than 3 hours, and came away with a 75, 46, 64 loss and some good tennis under her belt. Koo put in a good effort but lost 62, 62, at third singles.

Fourth singles player Kommineni fought hard but took a tough loss, 62, 63. Kringer, who played the fifth singles spot, completely dominated the first and third sets as she took a much deserved 63, 26, 61 win. At number six singles, Nora Humphrey '98 took the honors of winning the fifth and winning point for MIT as she totally annihilated her opponent, 62, 62.

In exhibition singles play, Sejal Shah '95 crushed her opponent 85.

The team hopes to continue it's success by maintaining their mentally tough-attitude and by working to improve their awesome teamwork.

The team has its next match on Saturday against Mount Holyoke College, another NEW-8 rival.