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Women’s Tennis Victorious over Vassar in First Match of Season

By Caroline Tien

TEAM MEMBER

This past weekend, the MIT Women’s Tennis Team battled for five hours to open their spring season with a 6-3 win over Vassar College.

The sunny morning was favorable to the MIT women as they started with a 2-1 lead in doubles. Larissa H. Egloff ’04 and Julie J. Koo ’03 used a fine combination of power and placement to close off their tight match at 9-8. Despite fighting a hard battle, Ann Hsing ’01 and Shima Rayej ’04 lost 8-2 while Caroline Tien ’04 and Jessica Hall ’01 skillfully put their opponents away 8-3. Freshmen Jaclyn E. Cichon and Vanessa K. Selbst stepped up to the challenge, but lost 8-2.

Although they had a lead going into singles, the team knew that the singles matches would prove to be a long battle. Despite a tough first set, Rayej walked off with a 7-6, 6-0 victory, and alongside her, Koo easily overpowered her opponent to win 6-2, 6-1. Egloff used her strong serve and ground strokes to win 6-4, 6-2, and Tien battled for a while to win 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.

Despite impeccable footwork and patience, Hall lost 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 and Cichon lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Selbst decisively blew her opponent away 6-3, 6-2, as did Hsing with a 6-0, 6-3 win. Despite well-placed shots, Jen Lee lost 7-6, 6-1.

Next weekend, the team will travel to Maine to face Bates on Friday.

On Saturday at 10 a.m. they will play Trinity in their first home match of the season, and Sunday at 1 p.m. they will battle it out against Bowdoin on the home courts again.