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Women's Tennis Finishes Fifth In New England

By Carol Matsuzaki
Team Member

Against a tough field of approximately 25 teams, the varsity women's tennis team placed fifth at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament, held at Amherst College this past weekend.

Amherst College and Williams College tied for first place with 40 points. Colby College was second with 29 points, Trinity College was third with 21, Smith College and Bowdoin College tied for fourth with 16, and MIT rounded out the top five with 15 points.

On the first day of play, four of the six MIT singles players (Carol Matsuzaki '96, Angela M. Mislowsky '99, Lily J. Koo '97, and Nora A. Humphrey '98) survived 2 rounds of matches to advance to the Elite Eight (quarterfinals) in their respective flights. Sarah V. Kringer '97 was eliminated in the first round, as she drew a seeded opponent from Wellesley, and sixth singles player Seetha R. Ramnath '96 was eliminated in the Round of 16 by a Smith player.

In doubles play, all three MIT teams (Matsuzaki and Humphrey, Ramnath and Koo, Kringer and Mislowsky) were victorious in their first rounds, advancing to the Round of 16. The first and third teams came up winners in their second round matches as well, advancing to the Elite Eight.

Play continued on the second day, starting with quarterfinal singles matches. At first singles, in a match with a difference of only one service break, Matsuzaki defeated a Bowdoin player 64, 76 (108), overcoming a 16 deficit in the tiebreaker, to advance to the Final Four (semifinals).

At second singles, Mislowsky had moments of brilliance, but fell to a Wesleyan opponent, 60, 67, 60. At third and fourth singles, Koo and Humphrey ran into tough opponents and were eliminated in straight sets.

In the quarterfinal round of doubles, Matsuzaki and Humphrey were defeated by an Amherst College team, 82, and Kringer and Mislowsky were defeated by a duo from Williams College, 85.

In her semifinal singles match, Matsuzaki gave a good effort, but bowed to a Williams player in straight sets.

Altogether, the Engineers did well as a team, beating with considerable point spreads teams that they had lost to during the regular season.