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Women's Tennis Whips WPI 9-0 After Heartbreaker Loss to Wheaton

By Carol Matsuzaki
Team Member

For the second year in a row, the MIT women's tennis team fell to Wheaton College by a score of 5-4, in a heartbreaker at the Tennis Bubble on Sept. 19. Last Saturday, however, the Engineers traveled to WPI and beat them 9-0.

In the doubles portion of the Wheaton match, MIT fared well as the number one team of Nora A. Humphrey '98 and Carol Matsuzaki '96 had total control of their match and won 8-4. The second doubles team of Seetha R. Ramnath '96 and Lily J. Koo '97 played a good match but fell short in a 9-7 loss. The third doubles team of Bharati Kommineni '97 and Sarah V. Kringer '97 and the fourth doubles team of Colette A. Reiner '99 and Mary T. De Souza '99 both played extremely well to win their matches 8-2 and 8-4, respectively.

Going into the singles portion of play, MIT was up 2-1. Second singles player Koo ran into a tough opponent and lost 6-1, 6-0. Fourth singles player Ramnath tried to make a comeback in the second set, but didn't quite make it, losing 6-1, 7-5. Kringer, however, tied the overall match score at 3-3 by winning her fifth singles spot match in a tough three-setter, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0. Kommineni, at the sixth singles position, lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, to give Wheaton the lead at 4-3.

At this point, there were two matches still in progress; Humphrey at third singles and Matsuzaki at first singles. Humphrey finished first, emerging victorious with an incredible 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win, tying the overall match score at 4-4. Matsuzaki, unable to close out a 5-4 lead in the third set, lost her match, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, to give Wheaton its fifth and winning point.

In exhibition singles play, freshman DeSouza won easily by a score of 6-2, 6-3.

Against WPI, the MIT women did not even give up a set. All four doubles teams (Matsuzaki and Humphrey, Ramnath and Angela M. Mislowsky '99, Kringer and Susan S. Lin '98, and Reiner and Pardis C. Sabeti '97) won easily with scores of 8-4, 8-1, 8-4, 8-4, respectively.

In singles play, MIT closed out well, only giving up one game total in second sets. At first singles Matsuzaki overcame some trouble after the first set, winning 7-5, 6-0. Undefeated freshman Mislowsky slaughtered her opponent 6-3, 6-0 at the second singles spot. At third singles, Humphrey finished her opponent off well as she emerged victorious 6-4, 6-0. Kringer, at the fourth singles position, totally dominated her opponent to a 6-2, 6-0 win. Ramnath, playing fifth singles, had a good, solid match as she took a 6-1, 6-1 win.

At sixth singles, Tiffany P. Cunningham '98 simply overwhelmed her opponent and took a 6-1, 6-0 victory.