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Women's Tennis Finishes Season 8-2

By Sarah Kringer
team member

The women's tennis team ended a successful season with a sixth-place finish at the New England Conference tournament last weekend.

First singles player Mealani Nakamura '00 won her flight by defeating players from Babson College, Smith College, and Bowdoin College. Her final match was stunning as she cruised to a 64, 62 victory. Second singles Michelle Youn '00 advanced to the semi-finals of her flight by defeating the second-seeded player in a well-played 63, 62 victory.

Both third and fourth singles players Nora Humphrey '98 and Lily Koo '97 were defeated in tough second-round matches. Fifth and sixth singles Sarah Kringer '97 and Neda Ramirez '00 advanced to the quarterfinals in their draw.

In doubles play, MIT's first team of Nakamura and Humphrey advanced to the quarterfinals where they lost in a close match. Both second doubles team Youn and Ramirez and third doubles team Koo and Kringer were matched against seeded teams in the second round and lost in well-fought matches.

The tournament ended an outstanding season for the women's tennis team, whose final record was 82.

This record earned the Engineers a number two ranking in the New England Women's Eight Conference. In addition to this honor, Nakamura was named rookie of the year and Kringer was named to the all-conference team.