Women’s Tennis Wins Two, Loses TwoBy Caroline Tien
The MIT Women’s Tennis team is about to wrap up the spring season, after facing Bates College, Trinity College, Bowdoin College, and Brandeis University in the past two weeks.
On April 5, MIT played Bates College. The Bobcats were no match for the Lady Engineers though, with MIT sweeping them away 9-0. The doubles matches were swiftly won, with the team of Julie J. Koo ’03 and Larisa M. Egloff ’04 along with the team of Ann Hsing ’02 and Shima Rayej ’04, each winning 8-4 while alongside them, Jessica A. Hall ’02 and Caroline Tien ’04 pummeled their opponents away 8-1.
In the singles matches, Bates was again not up to the task. Rayej used her two-handed forehand to win 6-1, 6-1. Koo also won easily, 6-2, 6-0, using a fine combination of power and touch. Despite a tough first set, Egloff kicked it up a notch in the second set to win 7-6, 6-1. Likewise, Tien won 6-4, 6-1. On the next court, long patient rallies were exchanged with Hall ultimately winning 6-4, 6-4. Cichon stepped up to the challenge to win 6-4, 6-2 and Selbst easily put her opponent away 6-2, 6-2.
Trinity edges MIT by one match
The next day, Trinity proved a much tougher opponent for MIT, but the Lady Engineers did not give in easily, with half of the singles matches going into three sets. The ultimate score was 4-5, but matches were close enough that they could have gone either way. Doubles started off on an optimistic note, with Koo/Egloff winning 8-4. Despite well placed shots and power, Hsing/Rayej lost 8-6. Hall/Tien won 8-5 in a tight match that involved the highest amount of focus and patience.
Singles proved to be a tougher battle. Rayej was up 6-1, 3-2, and then her opponent was intimidated into retiring. Koo was relentless and won 6-2, 6-0. Egloff fought hard, but lost narrowly 6-1, 0-6, 0-2. Similarly, Tien lost in three sets 6-4, 2-6, 3-6. Despite Hall’s unremitting patience, she lost 3-6, 4-6. Cichon put up a strong fight, but also lost 6-1, 3-6, 3-6. Hsing and Lee both were relentless, but also lost.
Bowdoin wins after draining loss
After two tough matches, MIT went on to face Bowdoin the next morning, and despite having the shots, the power, and the focus, they didn’t have the energy and were defeated 3-6. Again, doubles started out well, with Koo/Egloff winning 8-4 and though Hsing/Rayej lost 6-8, Hall/Tien won 5 games in a row from being down 4-7 to win 9-7. On the next court, Cichon/Selbst won 8-4.
MIT didn’t fare quite as well in singles though, with the only win coming from Cichon who fought hard to the end and won 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Lady Engineers topple Brandeis
On April 17, the team was back and re-energized. Despite the variable weather conditions that evening, they put it all together to win 7-2 against Brandeis. Though the doubles matches were tight, MIT managed to emerge as the ultimate victor with Koo/Egloff winning 8-6. Fighting hard the entire time, Hsing/Rayej lost 4-8, but Hall/Tien came back from a 0-3 start to win 8-5.
In singles, Rayej lost 5-7, 2-6, and Koo won 6-4, 6-1. Egloff easily ran her opponent off the court to win 6-1, 6-1 and Tien never let up the momentum to win in three sets. Hall again used her persistence and patience to win 7-6, 6-2 as did Cichon who won 7-5, 6-1. Selbst blew her opponent away with a win of 8-1.