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Women's Tennis Off To a Strong Season

By Nisha Singh and Susan Lin
Team Members

Last Friday, the women's tennis team opened their conference season with an 81 victory against Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester.

MIT captured two of the three doubles matches. Michelle Youn '00 and Mealani Nakamura '00 won 82 at first doubles. Nora Humphrey '98 and Hannah Kwon '00 cruised at second doubles, winning 80. The lone WPI point came at third doubles, where Tiffany Cunninghman '98 and team co-captain Nisha Singh '00 lost an extremely hard-fought match, 98 (75).

MIT then dominated all six singles matches. Both Youn and Nakamura won without dropping a game, 60, 60, at first and second singles, respectively. Humphrey won 60, 61 at third singles, while Kwon was a 62, 62 victor at fourth singles. Cunningham prevailed 64, 63 at fifth singles, and co-captain Susan Lin '98, triumphed 61, 60 at sixth singles.

"It was our first NEW 8 conference match, and I think we really picked it up after a tough loss at Tufts on Sunday," said head coach Merrilee Keller.

"I thought we played well as a team, and I was very pleased with the results," Lin said.

Team defeated by Tufts

Last Tuesday, the team played a tough first match against Tufts University, losing 90 in their season opener.

The match began with 8-game proset doubles play. At first doubles, Youn and Nakamura played an extremely close and tense match, losing 97. At second doubles, Kwon and Lin fought hard in another tough match, losing 82. At third doubles, Singh and Lauren Germaine '01 suffered a 81 loss.

At first singles, Youn played a tough first set, losing in a tie-break. She fought to maintain her momentum after the lengthy first set, but lost with a final score of 76, 63.

At second singles, Nakamura played a tough three-setter. She started out strong, taking the first six games to easily win the first set 60, but lost the second set in a tie-break. Her Tufts opponent took the third and final set, 60.

As MIT's third singles player, Kwan lost in two sets, 63, 63 while Lin, at fourth singles, lost 60, 60. At fifth and sixth singles, Singh and Germaine both suffered losses of 62, 61 and 60, 60; respectively.

The team's first home match is against Wheaton College on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.