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W. Tennis Heads to Tourney Undefeated

By Nisha Singh
TEAM CO-CAPTAIN

The women’s tennis team played its last dual matches of the season last week, garnering routine victories over Brandeis and Smith. Both home matches were won by 8-1 scores.

In doubles against non-conference Brandeis University last Thursday, MIT won all the matches. Co-captain Mealani K. Nakamura ’00 and Kelly J. Koskelin ’02 won 8-2 at first doubles. Julie J. Koo ’03 and Jessica Hall ’02 trailed 4-1 at second doubles, but came back to win 8-6. Nisha Singh ’00 and Yi-Ning Cheng ’02 won 8-1 at third doubles, while Doana Cecan ’00 and Jean Yang ’00 won 8-2.

Most of the singles matches were fairly easy, but there were a few exceptions. One was at first singles where Nakamura won the first set 6-0, only to lose the second 6-4. However, she came back strong, winning the third and decisive set 6-0. Koskelin won her first set 6-2 at second singles, and the match when her opponent retired.

Koo and Hall cruised at third and fourth singles, winning 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-2. Cecan won 6-4, 6-1 at fifth singles, but Singh lost 7-6 (2), 6-1 at sixth singles. Cheng won 6-1, 6-1 at seventh singles, while Yang had a roller coaster at eighth singles. She lost the first set 7-5, but won the second 6-2. A tie-breaker was played to decide the match, with Yang earning the victory.

Head coach Carol Matsuzaki said, “This was a solid victory over Brandeis. We will need to be eager and ready for Smith College on Saturday.”

MIT easily defeats Smith

Ready they were, as the team crushed rival Smith College in its final conference dual match last Saturday. In doubles, Nakamura-Koskelin won 8-3, while Koo-Hall won 8-2. The only loss of the day came at third doubles, where Yang-Ann Hsing ’02 fought back from a 6-3 deficit, but lost 8-6. Singh-Cheng won 8-2 at fourth doubles.

MIT easily won all of the singles matches. Nakamura didn’t lose a game at first singles, blanking her opponent 6-0, 6-0. Koskelin won 6-2, 6-1 at second singles, while Koo won 6-1, 6-0 and Hall won 6-0, 6-1 at third and fourth singles. Cecan won 6-3, 6-1 at fifth singles, and Singh won 6-1, 6-0 at sixth singles. Priscilla P. Cheung ’02 won 8-5 at seventh singles, as did Cheng (8-2).

Jessica Yeh ’01 won 8-3 at eighth singles, and Phebe Y. Wang ’02 won 6-2, 6-0 at ninth singles.

Matsuzaki was again pleased with her team. “We applied good, steady pressure in our matches today. We will use this week to prepare for the conference championships coming up next weekend. We will need to fight hard hard in order to do well in the tournament,” said Matsuzaki.

The team takes their undefeated conference record to the New England Women and Men’s Athletic Conference tournament this weekend at Babson and Wellesley Colleges.