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Tennis Moves to 2-0 With Smith Shutout

By Caroline Tien

TEAM MEMBER

The Women’s Tennis team improved their record to 2-0 after a 9-0 blowout last weekend against Smith College.

Doubles sweep Smith

The doubles matches concluded swiftly. Julie J. Koo ’03 and Larisa M. Egloff ’04 easily won their match 8-0, while Ann Hsing ’02 and Shima Rayej ’04 stepped up their aggression and came up with an 8-2 victory. Alongside them, Jessica Hall ’02 and Caroline Tien ’04 defeated their opponents 8-3 by relentlessly charging the net. in an 8-4 win, Ruby J. Pai ’04 and Jaclyn E. Cichon ’05 showed Smith that control and patience pays off.

Singles win five of six matches

In singles action, Koo once again implemented her offensive style in a 6-2, 7-5 victory. Rayej used her controlled aggression to exploit her opponent’s weaknesses, winning 6-0, 6-1.

Egloff put away a quick and consistent opponent, 6-2, 6-4. Tien used a serve and volley game to quickly win 6-0, 6-0. Hall won in a similar fashion. She lost no games as she exhausted her opponent with her accuracy and placement. Cichon also won, 6-2, 6-0.

Despite being hampered by painful blisters, Hsing fought hard in her three-set contest. She refused to surrender any free points, losing by a narrow margin 6-4, 6-7, 5-7. Pai used her solid baseline game to out rally her opponent 6-2, 6-0. “Smith competed very well,” said Coach Carol Matsuzaki. “We really needed to focus and be patient.”

Women claim strong team unity

As MIT advance further into their fall season, the women attribute much of their success to their cohesiveness and pride. “Although we all play our matches as individuals, we know that we are all out there together, united as a team,” said Koo. The team has overcome inclement weather and the somber worldly circumstances to continue to work hard on their game.