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Women's Tennis Defeats Wheaton To Stay Undefeated in Conference

By Michelle Youn and Nora Humphrey
Team Members

On Tuesday, the women's varsity tennis team added another victory to their conference record by defeating Wheaton College 63.

On the home courts, Michelle Youn '00 and Mealani Nakamura '00 captured a quick 82 win at first doubles. At second doubles, Nora Humphrey '98 and Hannah Kwon '00 suffered a 97 loss in an extremely close match.

Team co-captain Nisha Singh '00 and Tiffany Cunningham '98, at third doubles, secured the second point with an 83 win. Another close doubles match was that of the fourth doubles team, Jenny Hsieh '01 and Lauren Germain '01. They, too, played a long, competitive set but lost 98 (74) in a tiebreaker.

In singles play, MIT took control by surrendering only two losses. At first singles, Youn took an easy win, 62, 60. Nakamura breezed through her match at second singles with a stunning 61, 60 victory.

Humphrey also triumphed at third singles with a 62, 62 win. At fourth singles, Kwon struggled through a lengthy three-set match, but was barely outlasted by her opponent with a score of 67(75), 64, 62.

Another impressive victory belonged to Cunningham, at fifth singles. After splitting the first two sets, she displayed remarkable perseverance and determination by winning the match in a third-set tiebreaker. The final score of that match was 60, 26, 76(72).

The other co-captain, Susan Lin '98 played a tough match but suffered a 62, 61 loss at sixth singles. Singh and Sailu Challapalli 01, playing seventh and eighth, respectively, both cruised to 82 wins.

MIT falls in close match to Colby

MIT played a tough non-conference match Sunday at Colby College. At first singles Youn came back strong to lose a tight match 61, 76. Nakamura claimed victory at second singles 62, 60. Third singles Humphrey played a close match losing 64, 64.

At fourth singles Kwon fought well losing 64, 62. Fifth singles player Cunningham played to a strong victory 60, 60. Sixth singles player Susan Lin came back but was unable to close it out in the third set 16, 60, 26.

At seventh singles Singh claimed a 63, 64 victory.

In doubles the matches were all close. Nakamura and Youn played to a 86 defeat at first doubles. The second doubles team of Humphrey and Kwon played to a 85 win. Cunningham and Singh lost a close match 86 at third doubles.

"Despite cold weather and strong winds we played well," said Singh. Coach Merrilee Keller said that "the team played with a lot of heart."

The team's next match is on Saturday at 1 p.m. at home. They will play Smith College with hopes to add to their winning conference record of two wins and zero losses.