MIT Women’s Tennis defeated Mount Holyoke this past Saturday, making their record 3-0 this season.
The day started with the doubles matches. First off were Leslie A. Hansen ’10 and Anastasia Vishnevetsky ’12, winning their match with a solid 8-0 win. The next matches passed in a blur. The number two team of Melissa A. Diskin ’11 and Anisa K. McCree ’10 lost their match 5-8, while the number three team of Karina N. Pikhart ’09 and Yi Wang ’09 pulled out a close match of 8-6. Alexandria C. Hall ’12 and Jennifer A. Rees ’11 won their exhibition match 8-2 and were followed by Kerry R. Weinberg ’10 and Jenny C. Dohlman ’11 with their hard earned win of 9-8 (7). During Weinberg and Dohlman’s match, the women’s team was cheering with quite a few nicknames, some old, many new, giving a lighter tone to the atmosphere. By the end of the doubles, MIT was in the lead with a 2-1 score.
Next up were the singles matches. First up was Hansen who defeated her opponent with a decisive 6-1, 6-0 win, taking MIT to a lead of 3-1. Next off was Vishnevetsky, who mirrored Hansen’s score, even losing her only dropped game at the same time Hansen did, showing an uncanny bond between the doubles partners. The next matches finished within minutes of each other. McCree defeated her opponent with a score of 6-1, 6-4, as did Hall. Hillary E. Jenny ’12 won her exhibition match in a close 6-1, 7-6. Soon to follow was Kimberlee Boonbanjerdsri ’12 with her win of 6-3, 6-3. Katherine M. Smyth ’10 was finished with her match not long after, barely losing 7-5, 6-0. Pikhart defeated her opponent in a quick 6-0, 6-4. Wang finished her match closely afterwards, defeating her opponent 6-4, 6-2, leaving MIT with a 7-1 lead. Rees finished her exhibition match with a close score of 6-3, 6-4, leaving Diskin front and center. Her match was long and tough, and Diskin fighting for every point. She pulled it out in the end with the close score of 7-5, 7-5. This left MIT with a decisive 8-1 win over Mount Holyoke.