The MIT Women’s Varsity Tennis team swept in their first meet of the fall season with a 9-0 official score against Smith College. In doubles, returning athletes Lauren C. Quisenberry ’14 and Stasey Vishnevetsky ’12 were off the court first with a speedy 8-1 victory at first doubles. Soon to follow were Julia C. Hsu ’14 and, in her first varsity match, Michelle M. Dutt ’15 with another 8-1 win at second doubles. No doubles players fell to Smith as third doubles team Vynnie J. Kong ’15 and Juana Becerra ’15 won 8-4. In unofficial doubles play, Engineers Alexandria C. Hall ’12 and Hillary E. Jenny ’12, as well as and Caitlin R. Pomeroy ’13 and Maddie B. Aby ’15, experienced victories of their own.
In singles, Quisenberry defeated her opponent at first singles in record time, dropping only one game in the second set. Michelle M. Dutt ’15 was soon to follow with a second singles victory of 6-1, 6-0. The team acquired their next two victories due to the efforts of Hsu at fourth singles (6-1, 6-0) and Kong at fifth singles (6-2, 6-0). The mental toughness of athletes Vishnevetsky (third singles) and Becerra (sixth singles) showed as they pulled through close matches with 6-3, 6-3 and 6-1, 3-6, 10-1 victories, respectively. At seventh singles Hall won 6-2, 6-2; at eight singles Jenny won 6-2, 6-1; at ninth singles Pomeroy fell to her opponent 6-3, 6-3; and Aby had a tough 6-2, 6-2 loss at tenth singles. The team is looking forward to maintaining its strong start to the season next Saturday against Clark University.