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Qomen's Tennis Continues Top Record, Beating Smith

By Lily Koo
Team member

The women's tennis team traveled to Smith College this past Saturday and defeated them 63, bringing the Engineers to a 50 New England Women's Eight Conference record and to an overall record of 71.

The team was expecting a difficult match, as Smith is traditionally one of the toughest teams in the NEW8. The match began with doubles play.

The number one doubles team of Mealani Nakamura '00 and Nora Humphrey '98 and the number three team of co-captain Sarah Kringer '97 and co-captain Lily Koo '97 both had slow starts and lost 82, 84, respectively. The number two doubles team of Angela Mislowsky '99 and Michelle Youn '00 claimed a 84 win in an extremely well-played match.

Though MIT was at a 12 deficit entering singles play, each team member remained focused, determined to win. Mislowsky at number four won quickly, defeating her opponent in two shut-out sets 60, 60. Youn had a rare loss at number two with a score of 61, 64.

Koo was next to finish with a 63, 62 victory at number five. Kringer added another point for the Engineers with a 75, 64 win at number six. The total score was 43, with two singles matches still in play.

Nakamura clinched the MIT victory over Smith with the fifth point in an amazing 57, 61, 64 win at number one singles. In the longest two set match in MIT tennis history, Humphrey was last to emerge victorious in a 75, 75 win at number three.

The 1996 women's varsity squad has had wins over Tufts University (54), Colby College (90), Clark University (81), Wheaton College (72), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (90), and Babson College (54). The team's only loss this year has been to last year's nationally ranked Skidmore College.

Other members of the team include Bobby Kommineni '97, Pardis Sabeti '97, Tiffany Cunningham '98, Doana Cecan '00, Nisha Singh '00, and Neda Ramirez '00. Ramirez was a key player in the team's 54 win over Babson College.

The team is led by new Coach Merrilee Keller and Coaching Assistants Carol Matsuzaki '96, Una-May O'Reilly, Jim Taylor, and Jeannie Yoo.

The team faces a traditional tough conference rival, Wellesley College, in an away match on Tuesday.