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Fourth Time a Charm for Women...s Tennis

By Ryan Lanphere

With three consecutive second-place finishes in NEWMAC (2003-2005) nothing short of a league title will be a satisfactory result for the MIT Women’s Varsity Tennis team this year.

Despite the losses of graduating Seniors Jill L. Konowich ’06 (first team all-NEWMAC, number three doubles, number five singles) and Elaine Ni ’06 (second team all-NEWMAC, number two singles, number two doubles) the Engineers should have plenty left in the tank for this season.

The key returnees will be: Jusleen M. Karve ’08 (first team all-NEWMAC, number three doubles), Joanna L. MacKay ’07 (first team all-NEWMAC, number six singles, second team all-NEWMAC, number two doubles), Mariah N. Hoover ’08 (second team all-NEWMAC, number three singles, number one doubles), and Yi Wang ’09 (second team all-NEWMAC, number four singles). With these players, the Engineers have a good chance of ending their streak of second-place finishes by winning their first league championship since 2002.

Before the culmination of the fall season at the NEWMAC Championships, the Engineers will face their archrivals from Wellesley College in a home game on October 14 with matches starting at 1:00 pm. MIT will go for that NEWMAC tournament championship two weeks later on the campus of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

Carol Matsuzaki ’96, a three-time NEWMAC women’s tennis coach of the year, will return for her ninth season as Head Coach.