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Tennis Team Suffers Defeat at Amherst

By Nisha Singh
Team captain

The women's tennis team opened up its 1998 spring season by travelling to Amherst Saturday. The team played hard, but they ran into a very talented Amherst team and lost 90. "Amherst is one of the top teams in the nation, and we don't see players of this caliber often. The fact that we played well was a victory in and of itself, regardless of score," said Captain Nisha Singh '00.

Angela Mislowsky '99 and Singh played a terrific match at first doubles, but fell by a score of 83. Ayako Tanaka '00 and Doana Cecan '00 teamed up at second doubles and lost by a score of 82. The other doubles matches both resulted in 80 losses, with Shikha Gupta '00 paired with Jenny Hsieh '01 at third doubles and Jessica Yeh '01 and Yue Zhang '01 playing fourth doubles, respectively.

Mislowsky lost 60, 61 at first singles, and Tanaka fell 61, 62 at second. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth singles matches were unfortunately all lost by score of 60, 60. They were played by Cecan, Singh, Gupta and Yeh. Zhang lost 60, 61 at seventh, while Hsieh fell 60, 60 at eighth. Sailu Challipalli '01 was defeated at ninth singles, 61, 60.

"We went up a against a very tough team. For some of our players, it was their first match as an MIT varsity athlete. I am very proud of the poise and sportsmanship that they displayed. We are definitely on our way up," said Head Coach Carol Matsuzaki. The team will play its next match on Wednesday against Brandeis at 3:30 p.m. . They look forward to rebound from the weekend's tough loss.