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Women's Tennis Edges Out Bates To Rebound From Loss to Smith

By Nisha Singh
Team Captain

The women's tennis team played two matches last week, winning one and losing one. They travelled to Smith College on Saturday to face their conference rival, but lost 81. However, they rebounded on Tuesday to beat Bates College, a non-conference opponent, 54.

In doubles against Smith, MIT earned its lone point at the first position, where Mealani Nakamura '00 and Kelly Koskelin '02 prevailed 86. However, Smith proved to have excellent doubles teams as the second and third doubles teams of Jessica Hall '02 and Nisha Singh '00, and Yi-Ning Cheng '02 and Shikha Gupta '01 lost by scores of 81 and 80, respectively. The fourth and fifth doubles teams composed of Priscilla Cheung '02 and Lisa Dang '01, and Kosanna Poon '01 and Sarah Chalos '01 lost 81 and 84, respectively.

In singles play, the top two players suffered rare defeats in matches that could have gone either way. At first singles, Nakamura lost 75, 26, 16 and at second singles, Koskelin was beaten 61, 26, 26. Hall also lost a very competitive match at third singles, 36, 46. Singh fought well, but lost 46, 06 at fourth singles. Cheng lost 06, 06 at fifth singles, and Gupta was defeated 26, 26 at sixth singles.

Against Bates, the team got off to a much better start in doubles, taking an overall 30 lead before singles play. Due to gusty winds, all play was completed indoors. At first doubles, Nakamura and Koskelin won 82. The closest matches of the day were at second and third doubles, where a few points decided the overall match. Hall and Singh won 97, after trailing 74. Cheng and Gupta fought all the way to a tie-breaker, and prevailed, winning 98(75).

Due to Nakamura's illness, MIT shuffled their line-up, with each player competing at one position higher than normal. The results were mixed. Koskelin won 60, 61 at first singles, and Hall won 61, 60 at second singles, giving MIT the match. Singh lost 26, 26 at third singles, and Cheng lost 16, 16 at fourth singles. Gupta lost 46, 67(68) at fifth singles. Cheung played a terrific match at sixth singles but lost in a third set tie-breaker, 62, 46, 67.