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Women’s Tennis Finishes Training at Hilton Head, Drops First Match

By Yi-Ning Cheng

The women’s tennis team, having returned from their spring training trip to Hilton Head, North Carolina, raised their competitive spirits and match play to a new level Saturday. The Engineers played against Vassar College, losing only by a few points. Unexpected rain conditions prolonged the duels to six and a half hours in the tennis bubble.

At first doubles, Mealani Nakamura ’00 and Kelly Koskelin ’02 won 8-4. Second doubles, Jessica Hall ’02 and Team Captain Nisha Singh ’00, lost 9-8 (7-0) after leading most of the set. Priscilla Cheung ’02 and Leela Ramnath ’02 lost 8-2 and Yi-Ning Cheng ’02 and Yue Zhang ’01 lost 8-3 at third and fourth doubles respectively.

At first singles, Nakamura dominated her opponent 6-1, 6-2. Koskelin played hard at second singles but dropped a tough three setter 6-0, 1-6, 6-3. Third singles Hall quickly triumphed 6-4, 6-1. Singh and Cheng at fourth and fifth singles lost 6-3, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-0. At sixth singles, Cheung fought for every point in a tight match and won in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1). This is the first point Cheunghas scored for MIT. Ramnath at seventh singles lost 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Zhang lost 6-4, 6-1 at eighth singles.

“I was very proud of the way the team played. It was a really hard fought match whose outcome was decided by a few points,” Singh said.

The team will travel to Vermont Friday for the Middlebury Tournament.