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MIT Women's Tennis Remains Undefeated

By Caroline Tien


The MIT women’s tennis team stands undefeated (6-0) on the season, having swept three solid opponents in their last two weeks of play.

On Sept. 17, the team put Clark University away with an aggressive 9-0 victory. It was a swift defeat, with MIT losing only eight games total in both doubles and singles play.

MIT took a dominant lead early on in doubles action with pair Shima Rayej ’04 and Jill L. Konowich ’06 winning 8-0. Caroline Tien ’04 and partner Jaclyn E. Cichon ’05 similarly creamed their opponents 8-1, and Jen J. Lee ’03 Sarah E. Nelson ’06 did not drop a game to win 8-0.

The MIT women were unremitting as they continued into their singles matches. Senior Julie J. Koo used a combination of aggression and placement to easily win 6-0, 6-1. On the neighboring court, Rayej walked away with a clean 6-0, 6-0 victory. Tien and Cichon were also victorious in singles play, securing their matches 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0 respectively. Konowich rattled off well-placed shots to win 6-0, 6-1, and Lee fought back from a rough beginning to win her match 6-3, 6-0. Nelson won 8-0 in similar fashion.

Next, MIT played Springfield College and emerged victorious 9-0. Scores from the match are still pending.

MIT grapples with Wellesley

When MIT met rival Wellesley College last Tuesday, the teams were tied for the number-one spot in the conference. However, the Engineers prevailed, winning the match 6-3.

Doubles started off aggressively with partners Koo and Larisa M. Egloff ’04 wining 8-3. In a hard-fought match, Rayej/Konowich fell to Wellesley 9-8. On the next court, Tien/Cichon exercised control and patience for their easy 8-1 victory. Despite a series of well-placed shots, Ruby J. Pai ’04 and Natalia M. Arzeno ’06 lost 8-4.

Up by just a point after the doubles matches, MIT had to fight with great heart in singles action to secure the win.

Koo again led the way. After coming back from a tough first set, she stepped up her play in the second set and ultimately won 7-5, 6-2. Alongside her, Rayej battled a fierce opponent who managed to return every single ball. Rayej lost her match 6-4, 6-2. Tien faced a similar Wellesley player, and although she maintained her patience throughout the match, she lost 6-2, 6-3. Only Egloff was able to stomp on her opponent. She won in 6-2, 6-3.

The focus then shifted to the two long grinder matches that gave MIT the points it needed to win. Engineers, Cichon (4-6, 7-5, 6-4) and Konowich (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) won their series while Lee lost in another tough three-setter. Nelson, meanwhile, was quick to wipe-out her opponent with a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

This week, the team will travel to both Brandeis and Tufts for two tough matches. On Saturday they will face WPI at 1 p.m. on the MIT home courts.