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Lauren Quisenberry ’14 unleashes an explosive serve with heavy topspin. Still a freshman, Quisenberry led the victory 5-2 in first singles.
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This past Saturday, MIT women’s tennis played their first match of the season against Smith College. The match started off with the doubles matches. First off was the freshmen doubles team of Lauren C. Quisenberry ’14 and Julia C. Hsu ’14. They breezed through their match and won decisively, 8-1. Next off were Melissa A. Diskin ’11 and Katharine A. O’Neal ’14. They played a tough match but lost 2-8; this made the overall score tied at 1-1. The next team to finish was Jenny C. Dohlman ‘11 and Jennifer A. Rees ’11. They were down 2-4 in their match, but they quickly changed the momentum to win the next six games straight to take the match 8-4, giving MIT a 2-1 lead over Smith. Sonya Makhni ’11 and Hillary E. Jenny ’12 were the last ones on court. The match was close with both sides fighting for every point, but MIT pulled it out in the tiebreaker for the win, 9-8(5).

The Engineers carried their momentum from the doubles matches into their singles matches. The first two matches off were Quisenberry playing one and Hsu playing two. They both won their matches with a score of 6-1, 6-2. Their strong performances brought MIT further into the lead with a 4-1 overall. Next off was Rees at seven. She finished with a score of 6-1, 6-2. Hillary Jenny at five was the next to finish. Her match had many games that went to deuce, but she was more consistent than her heavy hitting opponent and won her match 6-1, 6-3. O’Neal at three was the next to finish. Her match was close but she took the match with a score of 6-2, 6-3, further widening MIT’s lead. Diskin, known for splitting sets often and for running every ball down, played a close match with her opponent. She held her long match and won 6-3, 4-6, 10-5. Dohlman also split sets with her opponent. The match was close but she lost 6-2, 2-6, 10-8. In exhibition, Makhni defeated her opponent through a match of wills and won 6-3, 6-0. The lone sophomore of the team, Caitlin R. Pomeroy ’13, played two matches in singles, defeating both opponents 8-1. MIT won the match over all with the official score of 7-2.