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MIT Women’s Tennis Beats Holyoke, 7-2

By Caroline Tien

TEAM MEMBER

The MIT women’s tennis team emerged victorious from last weekend’s match against Mt. Holyoke College with a final score of 7-2. After over a week of intense practices and no dual matches, the Lady Engineers were fired up to win. While doubles is the team’s weak point, results from the match show that they are gradually improving. Shima Rayej ’04 and Jill L. Konowich ’06 lost in a very tight 9-7 match, while on the next court over, Jennifer A. Hipp ’04 and Ruby J. Pai ’04 stormed past their opponents to win 8-4. Both Jaclyn E. Cichon ’05 and her partner Joanna L. McKay ’07, and Emily Chen ’07 and her partner Sarah E. Nelson ’06, lost 8-6.

Moving into singles down 1-2, the team had to pick up its intensity or risk losing the match. With Caroline Tien ’04 out of the match because of an academic commitment, many members of the team were moved up in the lineup. Rayej, Chen, Hipp, Pai, and Konowich all notched easy wins at 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 respectively. Playing at the number 2 position, Cichon had the indisputable match of the day. After losing the first 12 points to be down 0-3, she got her focus back and managed to get three games, but lost the first set 3-6. However, in the second set, she patiently out-rallied her opponent to win 7-6 (5 in the tiebreaker). It then all came down to the third set, the “super tie-breaker.” She fought through every point to garner a 10-8 win.

Overall, the team performed very well and has improved considerably throughout the season. “I’m really excited about the season, and we’ve been having a lot of fun as a team. We have two big chances left to play our best and I’m sure everyone will do very well!” said Cichon.

This weekend, many of the players will be traveling to Amherst College to play in the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT) where they will have the opportunity to face many of the region’s top players. The weekend after, the team will defend their 2002 NEWMAC championship title at the conference tournament to be hosted at MIT.