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Women's Tennis Faces Bruising Series at New England Showcase

By Nisha Singh
Team Captain

On Saturday, the women's tennis team travelled to Wellesley College to participate in the New England Showcase. The tournament features the top six singles and top three doubles players from MIT, Wellesley, Middlebury, and Amherst. "It was a really tiring day. I can't ever remember having to play that much tennis without a substantial break," said Captain Nisha Singh '00.

Angela Mislowsky '99 and Ayako Tanaka '00 played first and second singles respectively. Mislowsky lost a tough three-setter to the top player from Wellesley, 36, 61, 26. Clearly drained, she then lost to the top player from Middlebury, 26, 16. Tanaka dropped a match 16, 26 to Middlebury's number two player before she lost a match to Wellesley's second singles player, 16, 16.

Doana Cecan '00 and Singh were involved in the flight of third and fourth singles. Cecan faced the second seed from Amherst and was defeated 16, 16 before losing to Wellesley's number three player, 26, 36. Singh ran into the top seed from Amherst in the first round and lost 06, 06. She played well against Middlebury's fourth singles player, but lost 67 (68), 26.

Shikha Gupta '01 and Jessica Yeh '01 played in the fifth and sixth singles flight. Gupta lost 06, 64, 67 (27) to a Wellesley player in a dramatic match. She then lost another heart-breaker to a Middlebury player, 67, 61, 67. Yeh drew the top seed from Amherst and lost 06, 06. Afterwards, she lost 36, 16 to a Middlebury player.

Mislowsky and Singh teamed together at first doubles. They lost to the Wellesley team 28, and to a pair from Middlebury, 58. The second match featured several close games which could have gone either way. Unfortunately, the MIT team was not able to capitalize as fatigue began to play a role. It was their fourth match of the day over a six hour period.

Tanaka and Cecan made up the second doubles team. They lost their first match to the Wellesley team, 18. However they bounced back to beat a talented Middlebury team, 86. The match was even at 44, but through sheer determination and will, the MIT team gained their first victory of the spring season.

Gupta and Yeh composed the third doubles team. They lost both of their matches to the teams from Middlebury and Wellesley, 28 and 08, respectively.

"We had several close matches that we just could not pull out. This tournament showed the team what we need to work on. This tournament gave us a lot to think about for the future," said head coach Carol Matsuzaki.