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Women's Tennis Splits a Pair of Matches Over the Weekend

By Nisha Singh
Team Captain

The women's tennis team won one of two matches at home Saturday. They dropped the first contest to Skidmore College, the defending Division III national champions, 81, but rebounded against Springfield College to win 54.

Play started off with doubles against Skidmore. MIT earned its lone point at first doubles, where Mealani Nakamura '00 and Kelly Koskelin '02 won 84. Jessica Hall '02 and Nisha Singh '00 lost 82 at second doubles, as did Yi-Ning Cheng '02 and Shikha Gupta '01 at third doubles. Divya Bhat '02 and Priscilla Cheung '02 fell 83 at fourth doubles.

In singles play, the closest and most exciting match of the day came at first singles, where Nakamura lost in three sets, 63, 67 (74), 61. Koskelin lost at second singles, 63, 61. Hall and Singh lost at third and fourth singles, respectively, by scores of 60, 61, and 61, 60. Cheng lost at fifth singles 60, 62, and Cheung lost at sixth singles 61, 60.

Against Springfield, Nakamura and Koskelin won 82 at first doubles, while Hall and Singh lost 85 at second doubles. Gupta and Cheng won 84 at third doubles.

In singles, Nakamura blanked her opponent 60, 60 at first singles, while Koskelin won 63, 60 at second singles. Hall won 61, 64 at third singles, while Singh lost 64, 60 at fourth singles. Cheng lost 63, 64 at fifth singles, and Bhat lost 63, 62 at sixth singles.

"Our performances today were spotty at best," said coach Carol Matsuzaki. "We need to improve on our confidence in our individual games as well as work on working hard."

The team's next match is at home today against Babson College.