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As it did a year ago, the MIT women’s tennis team opened its season against New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponent Emerson College on Sept. 5. And as a year ago, the Engineers came away with a 9-0 win over the Lions in the first match of the 2015-16 season for both squads.

With only four players available, Emerson (0-1, 0-1 NEWMAC) was already in a 3-0 hole before play began, leaving MIT (1-0, 1-0 NEWMAC) just two wins shy of clinching the match. The Engineers picked up the two wins in doubles action, winning both contests by 8-0 scores. MIT’s No. 2 team of sophomore Dora R. Tzeng ’18 and Krystal Y. Lai ’17 picked up the first win, defeating the team of Janie Yates/Gilesa Thomas. Shortly after the MIT No. 1 team of Kelly J. Zhu ’19 and Sonya A. Das ’18 clinched the match with their victory over Jamie CoConis/Tiziana Vazquez.

In singles play MIT too three of the matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores. Wendi J. Kong ’17 at No. 3, Elysa M. Kohrs ’17 at No. 1 and Iris Zhuang ’16 at No. 4 took the three decisions for the Engineers. Playing at No. 2, Victoria Tam ’16 won the final match of the day, taking a 6-0, 6-2 win over Vazquez.

MIT will continue in NEWMAC play next weekend when it plays at Wellesley College on Sept. 12 at 11:00 a.m. Emerson will play next on Sept. 10 when the Lions will travel to UMass Boston for a 3:00 p.m. match.