Playing a dual match for the first time in nearly two weeks, the MIT women’s tennis team did not miss a beat as the Engineers remained undefeated in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 9-0 win over Wheaton College on Saturday, October 4. The victory improved MIT to 6-0 (6-0 NEWMAC) on the season while Wheaton fell to 4-4 (4-2 NEWMAC).
MIT quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the match with a sweep of the doubles action. The Engineer’s No. 2 pair of Krystal Y. Lai ’17 and Dora R. Tzeng ’18 put the first point on the board with an 8-1 win over Izzy Gorham and Caroline DiNicola-Fawley. MIT’s No. 3 team of Michelle M. Dutt ’15 and Jae Hyun Kim ’18 then completed the sweep with an 8-2 victory over Stassy Furber and Caroline Stanclift.
In singles play MIT made quick work of the team decision as it won the Nos. 3-5 matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores, with Lai grabbing the deciding fifth point with her win at No. 4. The closest match of the day came at No. 1 where Elysa M. Kohrs ’17 squared off against Alexandra Marlowe. Marlowe took the first set, 7-5, but Kohrs came back to take the second set, 6-4, and then the deciding third set, 10-3, to pick up the win and finish off the match.
MIT will step away from NEWMAC play in its next outing when it makes the short trip over to Tufts University for an Oct. 8 matchup with the Jumbos starting at 4:00 p.m. Wheaton will return to the courts on Oct. 7 when the Lyons will host Babson College in a NEWMAC battle starting at 4 p.m.