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Tennis Team Loses Two Tough Matches

By Nisha Singh
Team Captain

The women's tennis team hosted its only match of the season on Wednesday against Brandeis University. Despite their efforts, the team was unable to overcome both the gusty winds and cold weather, falling to Brandeis by a score of 72. "Considering the conditions and the opponents, I thought we played really well. We certainly played hard and fought for every point," said Team Captain Nisha Singh '00.

The most exciting match came in first singles, where Angela Mislowsky '99 prevailed in three dramatic sets by a score of 57, 75, 75. Ayako Tanaka '00 and Doana Cecan '00 both lost by scores of 62, 61 at second and third singles, respectively. Singh fell 61, 61 at fourth, while Shikha Gupta '01 lost 63, 61 at fifth singles. Jessica Yeh '01 was defeated 61, 60 at sixth singles.

In other singles matches, Yue Zhang '01 lost 60, 62 at seventh singles, while Jenny Hsieh '01 at eighth singles, pushed her second set to a tie-breaker before losing 62, 76(5). Sailu Challipalli '01 was defeated 60, 61 at ninth singles. Katy Kaminski '01 picked up a win at tenth singles, 63, 60, however Tina Chang '01 fought hard at eleventh singles, and lost 63, 75.

In doubles play, Mislowsky andSingh won at first doubles by default after a bizarre twist of events. Tanaka and Cecan played a terrific match at second doubles, but lost 85. Gupta and Hsieh were defeated 83 at third, while Zhang and Yeh played an excellent match, but lost 97 at fourth doubles, in what turned out to be the last match. Kosanna Poon '01 and Smrithi Banthia '99 lost 82 at fifth doubles.

Though disappointed, the team had many reasons to walk off the courts with their heads held high. "We really showed our mental toughness today, and some of our players played the best I've seen them play. I am very proud of their determination and attitude out there. They really wore their hearts on their sleeves today," said Head Coach Carol Matsuzaki.

The team travelled to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Saturday. Under sunny blue skies and perfect conditions, the team lost 90 to a talented Vassar team. "We had some close matches that could have gone either way. There were also some sets that were very close. However, every point was a battle in each match. We gave away nothing to the Vassar team," said Singh.

Mislowsky and Singh lost 82 at first doubles after taking the early lead. Tanaka and Cecan lost 83 at second doubles in a match that featured increasing competitiveness as the match progressed. Zhang and Hsieh and Gupta and Yeh both lost by scores of 82 in third and fourth doubles, respectively. Kaminski and Banthia found a way to win at fifth doubles, 85, after frequently finding themselves behind.

Mislowsky again pushed her match to three sets, but this time she could not pull it out, losing 26, 63, 62. Tanaka lost 61, 61 and Cecan fell 60, 60 at second and third singles, respectively. Singh lost 61, 60 at fourth, while Gupta was defeated 62, 63 at fifth singles. Yeh came back to almost push her opponent to a decisive third set at sixth singles, but lost the match 62, 64.

Zhang also played an excellent match at seventh singles, but lost 75, 61, after coming close to winning the first set. Hsieh was defeated 62, 62, at eighth singles, while Kaminski was defeated 63, 62 at ninth singles. Banthia was able to go the distance at tenth singles, but succumbed to her opponent 64, 46, 62, in a match that lasted well into the afternoon.

"This is the best we've competed so far this season. I was very happy to see our women fight so hard for every ball. We just need more match experience. Our doubles play is making major improvements every time we compete. I am extremely proud of our progress," said Matsuzaki. The team will travel to Wellesley this weekend to compete in the New England showcase for the season.