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Women's Tennis Loses Heartbreaker to Tufts

By Carol Matsuzaki
Team Coach

Eight members of the junior varsity women's tennis team fought inexperience and insecurities as they competed in a dual match against Tufts University last Thursday at the newly dedicated Katz Tennis Courts. MIT lost a heartbreaker 102.

The dual match started with doubles play. At first doubles, Vicki Lin '01 and Jessica Yeh '01 took an early lead but could not hold on. A series of unforced errors made the difference as they lost 82.

Second doubles players Lisa Dang '01 and Smriti Banthia '99 put up a great effort to come back from a 52 deficit, but fell short and lost 86.

Great teamwork by the third doubles team of Shikha Gupta '01 and Grace Lee '01 materialized into an 86 win and the first point for MIT.

At fourth doubles, Devangini Gandhi '01 and Kosanna Poon '01 suffered an 83 loss.

Singles play followed the doubles. Yeh (2nd singles), Lin (3rd), Banthia (4th), Lee (6th), and Gandhi (8th) all gave good fights, but lost in straight sets to the more experienced Tufts team.

Poon, playing 7th singles had the closest match of the day, as she fought her way to a 64, 46, 76 (75) loss. First singles player Gupta played an incredible match, as she battled her way to a 62, 36, 76(4) victory, giving MIT its second and final point.