This past weekend the MIT women’s tennis team played Bowdoin College and Trinity College, losing to both in tough matches.
First was Bowdoin on Saturday. The team was graced with two important fans at the away match. One was their adopted teammate Caroline Hamiltion and her family, who always inspire the team. The other was the men’s volleyball team’s adopted teammate Jack, who came to support the team as well. Both are part of the Friends of Jaclyn program.
The doubles matches were played first. Melissa A. Diskin ’11 and Anisa K. McCree ’10 were off first, losing their tough match 8-2. Next off was the senior team of Yi Wang ’09 and Karina N. Pikhart ’09, losing their match 8-4. Last off, with an extremely tight match, was the number one team of Leslie A. Hansen ’10 and Anastasia Vishnevetsky ’12. Their final score was 9-8 (2). This left MIT behind 0-3 going into the singles matches.
In the singles matches, number six Kerry R. Weinberg ’10 lost her match with a score of 6-2, 6-0. Pikhart lost her tough match 6-1, 6-3. Wang and Diskin both lost their matches 6-2, 6-3. Hansen secured the only MIT victory, winning with a score of 6-4, 6-2. The day ended with Vishnevetsky’s match; she lost 7-6 (3), 6-1. MIT lost to Bowdoin 1-8.
The next and final match of the season was on Sunday against Trinity College. The team was once again graced with some fans, Vishnevetsky’s parents this time.
The match started on the muggy day with the doubles matches. First off was the team of Hansen and Vishnevetsky who won 8-3, giving MIT a good start to the day. Next off was the exhibition team of Weinberg and Jenny C. Dohlman ’11. They lost their tough match 8-3. The next two teams off were Wang and Pikhart and McCree and Diskin, both with the same score of 8-5. Both matches were close with long points, and a ton of net play. The score was now 1-2, putting MIT behind going into the singles matches.
The first three singles matches finished close to one another. Jennifer A. Rees ’11 was defeated 6-3, 6-2. Wang was defeated after a long, hard-fought match 6-0, 6-3. Diskin also fell after fighting hard in her match 6-0, 6-2.
This left MIT down 1-5 to Trinity. The remaining matches were all close and were won and lost by only a few points each. There was a small turning point after Hansen won her match 6-4, 7-5, putting MIT back on the board. Pikhart barely lost her match 6-4, 6-4. This left Vishnevetsky front and center. She won her grueling match 7-6 (5), 6-3, allowing MIT to have a finish of 3-6 in the final score.
The exhibition matches were also tough. Dohlman barely lost her hard fought match 6-3, 7-7. Weinberg split sets after fighting hard for the second set but lost in the third set tie breaker 6-2, 7-5, (1-10).