Tennis Team Earns Victory in NEWMACBy Caroline Tien
MIT Women’s Tennis team finished their season with a 9-0 win against WPI last week, establishing themselves once again as New England Women and Men’s Athletic Conference champions.
MIT quickly swept through doubles, with Larisa M. Egloff ’04 and Jessica Hall ’02 winning 8-1, Ann Hsing ’02 and Shima Rayej ’02 swooping through 8-0, and Jaclyn E. Cichon ’02 and Ruby J. Pai ’02 emerging victorious at 8-0.
Singles was swiftly finished in a similar fashion with Rayej aggressively putting her opponent away with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Egloff used her offensive game to win 6-1, 6-3.
Caroline Tien ’04 easily blasted through WPI with a score of 6-1, 6-0. Hall won 6-0, 6-0.
Cichon showed that her patient aggression pays off with a 6-1, 6-0 win and Pai also emerged victorious with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
MIT takes top spots at NEWMAC
This past weekend, the team members competed in the NEWMAC Individual Flighted Tournament where they showed off all of the work that they have accomplished during their fall season. They ultimately finished with 38 points, and Wellesley trailed way behind with 26 points, followed by the remaining 7 schools.
MIT confidently swept the top five singles spots. Winning on the first court, Koo defeated Springfield, Wellesley and Mount Holyoke without losing more than three games per match.
Rayej faced tough competition especially in her semifinal and finals 3-set matches, but ultimately stepped up to the challenge and won her flight.
Egloff defeated a tough Wellesley opponent in the finals.
Tien defeated her four opponents, two of whom she had previously lost to in the main season, to win her flight.
Hall continuously attacked from the baseline and used her fine tuned footwork to win at the fifth singles spot.
Similarly, MIT won at the number two and number three doubles spots. Koo and Egloff defeated Mount Holyoke 8-5 in the quarterfinals, but gave up a close match against Wellesley in the semifinals.
Hsing and Rayej used their controlled offense to win the number two doubles title.
Hall and Tien plowed through four very tough opponents to obtain the number three NEWMAC doubles titles. They were down 0-4 in their finals match against Mount Holyoke, but stepped it up a notch to ultimately win 8-5.
The team is very satisfied with their end of season finish and are awaiting the start of the Spring season in February.