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Women's Tennis Splits Two New-8 Matches in Two Days

By Carol Matsuzaki
Team Member

The women's tennis team played two matches last week, beating Babson College at home last Thursday and losing a close one at Wheaton College the next day.

Both matches were New England Women's Eight Conference games, bringing the team's overall record to 41.

The team crushed a much improved Babson team, 72. Number one doubles team Sarah Kringer '97 and Seetha Ramnath '96 ran into some trouble and lost their match 83. Carol Matsuzaki '95 and Lily Koo '97 at number two, and Bobby Kommineni '97 and Nora Humphrey '98 at number three claimed easy victories, winning 82 and 83, respectively.

In singles play, at first singles Matsuzaki was down 24 in both sets but managed to refocus and emerged victorious, 64, 75. Number two singles player Ramnath used her smooth, flowing groundstrokes to crush her opponent 63, 61.

At the third position, Miranda Fan '95 played tough but lost 63, 60. Koo, at fourth singles, completely overwhelmed her opponent 61, 61. Fifth singles player Kommineni was too powerful for her opponent as she took a 64, 61 win. At number six, Kringer stayed mentally focused to outplay her opponent, 64, 64.

Doubles decides Wheaton match

Against Wheaton, doubles proved to be very important as MIT went into singles play with a 12 deficit. At first doubles, Matsuzaki/Fan started off down two breaks but managed to get back on serve at 66, with Matsuzaki serving. She failed to hold serve, and the Wheaton team held on to win the match 86.

At second doubles the pair of Ramnath and Kringer played against tough opponents and lost 81. Third doubles pair Koo and Kommineni emerged victorious in a very well-played, tight match, 86.

Down 12, MIT needed to win four of the six singles matches to take the competition.

At first singles, Matsuzaki played with good intensity throughout the whole match and played a dominating third set, winning 63, 46, 62. Second singles player Ramnath ran into a tough opponent and lost 62, 63. At third singles, Fan made a good attempt in the second set but came up just short, 61, 64. Fourth singles player Koo evinced her domination yet again by taking a 63, 61 victory.

At number five, Kommineni gave a good effort but fell victim to unforced errors, as she took a 63, 63 loss. At sixth singles, Kringer managed to pull out her first set and then completely took over the match, 75, 61.

With MIT and Wheaton splitting the singles 33, it was not enough for the Engineers to win.

MIT dominated in exhibition play as Humphrey took a magnificent 81 victory and Sejal Shah '95 came out with a solid 85 win. Humphrey and Shah combined to play doubles and were victorious with an astounding 97 win.