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Tennis Starts Season With Flawless Win

Tech Defeats Wheaton, 9-0

By Caroline Tien

TEAM MEMBER

The MIT Women’s Tennis Team began their season with a 9-0 flawless win last Saturday. Wheaton proved to be no match for this seemingly invincible team of girls, who did not drop any sets.

The beautiful Saturday afternoon was favorable to the MIT women as they quickly took the lead, winning at all of their doubles matches. Julie J. Koo ’03 and Larisa M. Egloff ’04 overpowered their opponents on the court with an 8-3 victory.

Shima Rayej ’03 and Ann Hsing ’02 swept through their match with an 8-2 win at second doubles. Caroline Tien ’04 and newcomer Jaclyn E. Cichon ’05 also shut out their opponents 8-1. At fourth doubles, Jessica Hall ’02 and Jennifer A. Hipp ’04 lost only one game.

“This was a good start for us,” said Coach Carol Matsuzaki. “We did well implementing the things we’ve been working on in doubles. Doubles should be a strength for us this year if we keep working hard at it.”

Eager to win her singles match, Koo used aggressive groundstrokes to win 6-2, 6-2. Similarly, Rayej showed the same toughness with a 6-0, 6-3 win.

At third singles Egloff decisively blew her opponent away with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. On the next courts over, Tien and Hall showed no mercy, with 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-1 wins.

While Hipp faced a tough 7-5 first set, she easily won the next set 6-1. Likewise, although Cichon sweated through a 6-4 win in the first set, her 6-2 victory in the second set was a breeze. Alongside her, Hsing pulled out a quick 6-3, 6-2 win, and Ruby J. Pai ’04 had a clean 8-1 pro-set victory, despite her sprained ankle.

As the women’s tennis team enters their packed fall season, visions of another New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference title optimistically float through each of their minds. This Friday, September 14, they will head off to Babson in the hopes of another win and on Saturday they will battle it out with Smith College on the MIT home tennis courts.