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Women's Tennis Ends Season

By Nisha Singh
Team Co-Captain

The women's varsity tennis team finished up its fall season this past weekend in the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament held at Amherst College. Indoor play was also held at Smith College.

Mealani Nakamura '00 and Michelle Youn '00 had the strongest showings at first and second singles, respectively. Nakamura started off by crushing her first opponent 60, 61. She then ran into the No. 3 seed and lost in a tough match.

Youn followed suite, breezing in her first match 60, 60. She then pulled out a tough three-setter in the next round, winning 62, 46, 61. She then faced also faced a No. 3 seed and lost in two close sets. Nakamura and Youn also comprise the first doubles team. The won their first two matches 86 and 84.

They then lost to the No. 4 seeds in the quarterfinals in a well-played match. Nora Humphrey '98 had a tough draw at third singles, and lost in the first round. Tiffany Cunningham '98 battled her way through her first match, winning 75, 63 at fourth singles. She then lost in the second round in straight sets.

Hannah Kwon '00 also had a tough draw at fifth singles, and barely lost 63, 75 in the first round. Co-captain Nisha Singh '00 faced the No. 2 seed in her first match at sixth singles, and lost in straight sets. Humphrey and Kwon drew the No. 2 seeds in their first match at second doubles and were defeated.

Cunningham and Singh played well at third doubles, but with a little bad luck, they succumbed 86 in the first round.

Coach Carol Matsuzaki '97, while somewhat disappointed with the results, was more impressed with "the teamwork displayed and the way everyone helped their teammates through their matches."