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Women’s Tennis Defeats Clark 9-0

Women’s Tennis

The MIT women’s tennis team wrapped up the 2005 regular season by defeating Clark University 9-0 Saturday afternoon to give the Engineers the No. 2 seed for the Championship Tournament to be held on Oct. 22 at Babson College.

The Cardinal and Gray utilized its entire roster in the win, led by sophomores Mariah N. Hoover ’08, Jusleen M. Karve ’08, and Lisa M. Shank ’08, who each shut out their opponents in singles play.

Sophomores Hoover and Serena Y. Lin were named NEWMAC Doubles Team of the Week after failing to drop a single set at No. 1 doubles for MIT. They swept the team of Jackson and McDermott, 8-0, in the 9-0 win over Wheaton last Tuesday.

Hoover and Lin stayed perfect for the week after defeating the team of Slack and Sneddan, 8-0, in Saturday’s 9-0 win over Clark. It is the second time this season that the NEWMAC has given weekly recognition to a pair from MIT.

MIT Athletic Department

Women’s Volleyball

The women’s varsity volleyball team continued its strong conference play when it won its sixth straight conference match this past Tuesday against WPI. The Engineers won the match 3-0 (30-17, 30-14, 30-10) to push their overall record to 19-5 and their NEWMAC conference record to 6-0. MIT is also currently ranked No. 2 in the New England region.

The MIT offense was led by setter Amanda J. Morris ’08, who dished out 34 assists on the night and distributed the ball well enough to get every hitter on the team at least one kill. Briana J. Stephenson ’07 and Caroline D. Jordan ’06 led the team in kills with 12 and 10, respectively, while classmates Alex N. Huston-Carico ’08 and Ellen E. Sojka ’08 added 5 kills each to the effort. Arlis A. Reynolds ’06 and Carrie C. Buchanan ’08 anchored the defense with 14 and 8 digs respectively.

MIT will host a quad tournament this Saturday in Rockwell Cage with Colby-Sawyer College, Emmanuel College and Mount Ida College. Match times will be at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Paul Dill, Team Coach

Tae Kwon Do

On Oct. 1, MIT sent a group of taekwondoists to the Ivy/Northeast Collegiate Taekwondo League (INCTL) All Stars Tournament at UPenn. Athletes competed individually at the advanced black belt level for the gold medal in their division and a coveted spot on the INCTL All Stars Team. At the end of the day, eight athletes (one man and one woman from each of four weight classes) were named INCTL All Stars and given the opportunity to attend a week-long intensive taekwondo training camp as part of the All Stars Team.

MIT sent six competitors to compete in the All Stars competition. The double elimination tournament brackets meant that many competitors faced the same opponent twice. Sharon A. Lawrence ’07 sparred hard in two matches against the eventual All Star of the women’s bantam/featherweight division from UPenn, earning a silver medal.

Alicia Y. Zhou ’06 clobbered her opponent in her first match with head shots and hard body shots, kicking her way to a final score of 15-4. After conceding her next match to teammate and eventual All Star Erica Y. Chan ’07, Zhou again faced and defeated the same opponent by a similar margin. In the women’s fin/flyweight finals, Zhou and Chan met again, with Zhou conceding the match to Chan to avoid unnecessary injury and conserve energy for the upcoming MIT tournament.

On the men’s side, Ryan B. Huang ’06 sparred in the fin/flyweight division against a well-matched opponent from Temple University. After several rounds of mental chess, Huang took the silver in his division.

In the men’s bantam/featherweight division, Conor F. Madigan G and Bobby B. Ren G swept their respective sides of the bracket, defeating their competition by a total margin of more than 20 points. In the finals, Madigan and Ren faced off in a classic MIT-vs.-MIT match to resounding “Go Tech! Go Tech!” cheers from their teammates. At the end of a well-fought match, Madigan took the All Stars gold and Ren the silver.

Aside from the black belt level All Stars competition, the tournament also included a Colorbelt Invitational competition that allowed beginner and intermediate level taekwondoists to compete as well. In the forms division, Gladys E. Priso G made her INCTL debut at the white belt level, and although she did not have a three-person team on which to spar, she was given the opportunity to spar an exhibition match against a UPenn opponent.

On the men’s side, Richard-Duane S. Chambers G made his league debut as well, capturing a bronze medal in green belt forms. Chambers and Iliya T. Tsekov ’08 competed at both the beginner and intermediate sparring levels as a two-man team, winning a bronze medal in the beginner division. Learning quickly on his feet, Chambers used clean body shots and well-timed head shots to defeat his final opponent 17-5.

MIT competitors returned home with two INCTL All Stars. With the MIT Tournament just two days away, (Sunday, Oct. 16 in du Pont Gymnasium) this first tournament marks the beginning of an exciting season to come.

Bobby Ren and Alicia Zhou, Team Members