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Women Play in Tennis Tourney

By Carol Matsuzaki
Team Member

The women's tennis team traveled to Middlebury, Vermont this past weekend to compete in the seventh Annual Middlebury Tournament.

Head Coach Katie McNamara and Assistant Coach Una-May O'Reilly guided their six players to playing some exciting tennis.

Match play started on Friday evening. Carol Matsuzaki '96 and Seetha Ramnath '96 were given byes for their first round matches. Meanwhile, Angela Mislowsky '99, Nora Humphrey '98), Sarah Kringer '97, and Mary DeSouza '99 all started their first round matches.

Although Mislowsky was unable to get any rhythm going, all the others came away with good wins. Humphrey completely demolished her opponent with a 60, 60 win. Kringer also had a quick 60, 62 win, and DeSouza won in three sets 63, 16, 64.

Later on Friday night, doubles play commenced, with all three teams having first round matches. Matsuzaki and Ramnath won with a 67, 62, 76 victory. Humphrey and Mislowsky played a stellar match and won 63, 61. Play continued past midnight as Kringer and DeSouza lost a tough match 76, 36, 76.

Tournament play resumed early Saturday morning with second round singles matches. Matsuzaki, seeded fourth, easily beat her opponent 61, 61 to advance to the semifinals. Humphrey played solidly but lost in three sets, 62, 46, 75. Ramnath had a tough day, losing 63, 62, and Kringer could not convert on a 54 lead in the second set as she lost 63, 75. DeSouza, playing in yet another 3-setter, lost 75, 26, 63.

Doubles play followed as Matsuzaki and Ramnath ousted the second seed easily 63, 63 to advance to the semifinals. However, Humphrey and Mislowsky were denied a trip to the final four as they lost 63, 62. In their semifinal match, Matsuzaki and Ramnath were stopped with a tough 63, 62 loss.

On Sunday, Matsuzaki played her semifinal match in the morning. Her focus carried her through a straight set 64, 62 win over 14th-ranked player in the country, putting her into the finals. However, she got slaughtered 6-1, 6-1 by a Division I player in the final match.

The team faces Harvard University junior varsity on Tuesday, Tufts University on Wednesday, and Bowdoin College on Thursday.