Women's Tennis Ends Season With Win against Mt. HolyokeBy Carol Matsuzaki
The women's varsity tennis team capped their NEW 8 season off well by beating Mt. Holyoke after suffering tough losses to Smith and Wellesley.
The women travel to Amherst College this weekend to compete in the New England Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament, the culminating event of the fall season.
The 5-4 loss to Smith came on Oct. 2. In singles play, Carol Matsuzaki '96 and Angela M. Mislowsky '99, took defeats, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-2, respectively. However,the rest of the line-up played well, and brought home 4 points for MIT.
Third singles player Lily J. Koo '97 played two intense sets, winning 7-5, 6-4. Nora A. Humphrey '98, at fourth singles, made a tough comeback to take a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win. At fifth singles, Sarah V. Kringer '97 denied her opponent a third set as she won 6-4, 7-5. At sixth singles, Seetha R. Ramnath '96 also played tougher than her opponent to bring home MIT's fourth point, 6-2, 7-5.
In the doubles portion of the dual match, however, MIT could not capitalize on their 4-2 lead, as they did not win a single match. At first doubles, Matsuzaki and Humphrey were outplayed for an 8-4 loss. The second doubles team of Mislowsky and Ramnath also took a tough loss, 8-3.
At third doubles, Koo and Kringer lost 8-4. In exhibition play, however, MIT dominated, as Colette A. Reiner '99, Mary T. DeSouza '99, and Pardis C. Sabeti '97 all won their matches.
Against Wellesley, the Engineers did not fare any better. In doubles, the first team of Matsuzaki and Humphrey were the only victorious team for MIT with a score of 8-6. The second doubles team of Kringer and Bharati Kommineni '97 and the third doubles team of Koo and Ramnath were both denied victories, 8-4 and 8-6, respectively.
In singles play, Wellesley dominated. Matsuzaki brought home the lone MIT singles point with a 6-3, 6-2 win at first singles. Koo, Humphrey, Ramnath, Kringer, and Tiffany P. Cunningham '98 all gave a tough fight but fell to the Blue.
Against, Mt. Holyoke, however, it was altogether a different story. MIT did not let a single opportunity slip, as they adamantly took control of point play. MIT began by sweeping the doubles, as Matsuzaki / Humphrey, Koo/Ramnath, and Kringer/Susan S. Lin '98 won 8-3, 8-5, and 8-2, respectively.
In singles play, MIT came out on fire with aggressive point play. At first singles Matsuzaki won 6-0, 6-4. Koo destroyed her second singles opponent in a matter of minutes in a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Humphrey, at the third singles position, was also too tough for her opponent as she won 6-1, 6-1.
Kringer came out on top with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory. Ramnath cruised through her fifth singles opponent, 6-1, 6-1, and Cunningham, playing sixth singles, crushed her opponent, 6-0, 6-2.