The MIT women’s tennis team had a packed weekend with three matches. The first match was at Skidmore on Saturday. First doubles consisted of Anastasia Vishnevetsky ’12 and Leslie A. Hansen ’10; they played a tight match but lost 8-4. Playing second was Melissa A. Diskin ’11 and Bianca M. Dumitrascu ’13. They had a interesting strategy of calling up four times in a row. The first three they would hit a lob, and the last one they would hit straight at the opponent. In the end, they lost 8-5. Third doubles was Jenny C. Dohlman ’11 and Hillary E. Jenny ’12. They also played a tough match but lost 8-4. In number four doubles, were Jennifer A. Rees ’11 and Anisa K. McCree ’10, who made her debut after coming back from a knee injury. They both played aggressively at the net, and it paid off in the end with a win of 8-3. Over all MIT was behind 3-0 going into the singles matches.
In singles, Hansen played number one. The match was tough and long, with both opponents running each other around and hitting winners. Hansen attacked the net for a couple of winning overheads. In the end Hansen won in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Vishnevetsky, at two singles, played a tough match but lost 6-0, 6-1. Dumitrascu played at three singles. She powered her way through the match, winning 6-2, 6-3. At four was Diskin, who ran down a lot of tough balls, but lost 6-3, 6-1. At five singles was Jenny, who was determined to make her opponent win every point, but she lost 6-0, 6-1. Dohlman played number six singles and fought hard for every point. She ended up losing 6-4, 6-1. Finally, Kerry R. Weinberg ’10 played seven singles and played hard but lost 6-1, 6-2. In the end MIT lost to Skidmore 7-2.
On Sunday, they played Vassar. The team not only had to play a tough team, but deal with a hostile audience. The team dealt with the adversity with grace, doing their best to ignore the jeering crowd. Hansen and Vishnevetsky played one doubles again. The teams were tough and they lost 8-4. Diskin and Dumitrascu played second doubles again. They had a tough match, with Dumitrascu overpowering them with her serves and Diskin attacking the net. In the end they lost in the tiebreak 9-8 (7-5). At three were McCree and Jenny. They played tough but lost 8-1. At four was Weinberg and Rees. They fought hard and attacked the net but lost 8-3. This left MIT behind 3-0 going into singles.
Hansen lost her singles match. Vishnevetsky played a long match, with both opponents running each other around the court. She was the last match on and fought until the end, but lost in the tie break in the second set 6-1, 7-6, (7-4). Dumitrascu at three tried to over power her opponent, but lost with a score of 6-2, 6-3. Diskin played four singles again. She ran down a lot of hard to get shots and had long rallies but lost with a close score of 6-4, 6-4. Jenny was up next. She played a tough match but lost 6-0, 6-0. Dohlman at six played a tight match. Her first set was close but in the end she lost 6-4, 6-0. Weinberg played seven singles and had long rallies with her opponent but lost 6-2, 6-0. McCree had her debut singles match and played at eight singles. She played tough but lost 8-3. MIT lost to Vassar 9-0.