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MIT Tennis Earns Wins Against Brandeis and Clark

By Nisha Singh
Team Captain

The women's tennis team played three matches this week. On Tuesday, they travelled to play Wellesley College in a match-up of two undefeated teams in the conference. Unfortunately, Wellesley prevailed 72. On Thursday, the team travelled to Brandeis University and returned home victorious, with a 72 win. And on Saturday, they played against Clark University.

In doubles against Wellesley, the first duo of Mealani Nakamura '00 and kelly Koskelin '02 suffered a rare defeat, losing 86. The other doubles teams did not fare as well as Wellesley proved to be a very deep team. The second doubles team of Jessica Hall '02 and Nisha Singh '00 lost 82. The third and fourth doubles teams, comprised of Yi-Ning Cheng '02 and Shikha Gupta '01, and Priscilla Cheung '02 and Lisa Dang '01 both fought hard, but both lost 83.

In singles, Nakaumra and Koskelin both earned victories at first and second singles. Nakamura won 75, 60, after trailing 53 in the first set, and Koskelin cruised, winning 62, 62. Hall was the last match to finish at third singles, losing 63, 75. The fourth, fifth, and sixth singles players had more trouble, as once again, Wellesley had a very strong team. Singh lost 60, 61 at fourth singles, Cheng lost 62, 63 at fifth singles, and Gupta lost 64, 62 at sixth singles, but not before aggravating her opponent with her hustle and scrappy play.

Against Brandeis, the team got off to a better start in doubles, winning two out of three. Nakamura and Koskelin won 82 at first doubles, but Hall and Singh lost 84 at the second position. Cheng and Gupta won a hard earned match 85 at third doubles, 85.

The team was confident going into singles play. Due to the rain, all matches were completed indoors. MIT claimed all the singles matches. Nakamura won 46, 62, 75 at first singles in a match that featured many lead changes but Nakamura simply out-toughed her opponent in the end. Koskelin once again won easily 62, 62 at second singles, while Hall was pushed to a first set tie-breaker, but prevailed, 76 (73), 62 at third singles. Singh split sets with her opponent at fourth singles, 26, 61, and played a tie-breaker to decide the third set and match. She won by a score of 70. At fifth and sixth singles, eight game pro-sets were played since the match had already been decided. Cheng lost 82 at fifth singles, but Gupta won 83 at sixth singles.

The team played their last home conference match of the season against Clark on Saturday. Due to inclement weather, play was forced inside.

In doubles action, it was a sweep for MIT. Nakamura and Koskelin won 82 at first doubles, while Hall and Singh prevailed 84 at second doubles. The third and fourth doubles teams won without dropping a game.

In singles, most matches were won pretty easily by MIT. Nakamura won at first singles in one of the more competitive matches of the day 64, 62. Koskelin and Hall breezed at second and third singles respectively, winning 60, 61 and 60, 60. Unfortunately, Singh lost at fourth singles 64, 61, preventing an MIT sweep. Cheng blanked her opponent at fifth singles 80 while Gupta downed her opponent 83. Cheung and Sarah Chalos '01 also won at seventh and eighth singles, by scores of 81 and 84.