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Tennis Wins, 8-0

By Ann Hsing


The women’s tennis team swung into action on Saturday to begin their season with an 8-0 victory over NEWMAC conference opponent Wheaton College. With the vicious sun glaring into their eyes, the enthusiastic women of MIT not only overcame their opponents with grace and poise but managed to look great in their oversized shirts and awfully short skirts they know fondly of as uniforms.

MIT began the match strong, sweeping all sets of doubles with ease. With her game face on and ready to go, Assistant Captain Kelly Kosekelin ’02 joined Victoria Davis ’04 to a clean win of 8-1. Captain Jess Hall ’02 and Shima Rayej ’04 waved goodbye to Wheaton with an 8-4 victory. Assistant Captain Ann Hsing ’02 and Caroline Tien ’04 pulled away from their opponents to win 8-3. Antimony Gerhard ’04 and Ruby Pai ’04 also quickly won 8-1.

Single sweep for the Engineers

Singles ran just as smoothly as each MIT player won in straight sets. Despite a close first set, Kosekelin rallied back 7-5, 6-1. Rayej won 6-2, 6-1 as did Davis by a margin of 6-2, 6-3. Hall breezed easily through her first set 6-2. Faced with a tiebreaker in the second set, she proved the experience and wisdom of a well-trained tennis player emerging victorious. Tien and Pai both debuted victories in their first MIT tennis matches with 6-1, 6-3 and 6-2, 7-5 victories, respectively. Hsing and Gerhard also both pulled out victories against their Wheaton opponents.

Players pose with Ronald

“I was really proud of the way we competed out there today. We really kept our poise when the momentum was up in the air or shifted away from us,” said head coach Carol Matsuzaki. “It is good to see a young team compete so maturely.”

Mature on the court yes. But at heart, the women of the tennis team celebrated appropriately, taking pictures with the plastic Ronald McDonald at the local McDonalds after the match.

The next match for MIT women’s tennis is a home match against Babson College today at 4 p.m.