In a battle that would determine first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference women’s tennis standings, MIT swept the doubles matches against Wellesley College and then split the singles matches to come away with a 6-3 victory. The win lifts MIT into sole possession of first place in the NEWMAC standings, moving the Engineers to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the NEWMAC. Wellesley fell to 3-2 and 2-1 in the conference.
In the rematch of last season’s NEWMAC championship match that was won by Wellesley, MIT took two early points in doubles play with 8-3 wins in both the Nos. 2 and 3 matches. In what turned into a battle at No. 1, the MIT team of Lauren C. Quisenberry ’14 and Victoria Tam ’16 held off the team of Diana Granger/Sojung Lee with a 9-7 score.
Playing in the No. 1 singles slot for the first time this season, Vynnie J. Kong ’15 kept the points going up for MIT as she downed Erica Choo, 6-1, 6-4. Julia C. Hsu ’14 then delivered the victory for the Engineers before Wellesley could get on the board. Playing at No. 5, Hsu held off Abby Esrock in the first set before going on to take a 7-5, 6-1 win.
Wellesley bounced back with a pair of wins, with Catherine Matulis taking a 6-4, 6-2 win over Michelle M. Dutt ‘15 at No. 4 and Diana Granger getting a 6-4, 6-2 decision over senior Candace Wu at No. 2. In the closest match of the night, Tam picked up the final point for MIT with a 7-6 (0), 3-6, 10-7 decision in the No. 3 match.
Wellesley scored the final point of the match in the No. 6 contest when Suzanne Barth scored a 6-3, 6-3 win over freshman Meghana Vasireddy.
MIT plays again on Saturday at Clark University for a 1 p.m. match.