May 28, 2010

Hansen Falls in NCAA Women's Tennis Quarterfinal

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – After winning two grueling three-set matches, MIT senior Leslie Hansen fell in the Quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship, hosted by the University of Mary Washington. Hansen becomes MIT’s first woman to reach the singles quarterfinal, having eventually lost to No. 3 seed Julia Browne of Tufts University on Saturday morning.

Hansen opened the tournament against No. 6 seed Marta Drane of Denison University. After Hansen cruised to take the first set, Drane found her form and responded to take the second. Despite trailing in the third set, Hansen held strong to capture a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory in the Round of 32.

In the Round of 16 just a few hours later, Hansen took on unseeded opponent Carolyn Warren from Johns Hopkins University and again controlled the early match. Warren took the second set and eventually worked her way to a 5-4 lead in the third, but Hansen won three straight games to clinch the win, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.

In the Quarterfinals, Hansen faced a tough regional opponent in Tufts’ Browne. The junior had finished runner-up in last fall's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Regional Tournament and held true to her national ranking, as Browne defeated Hansen in two sets, 6-1, 6-4.

Hansen closes her career with an overall NCAA tournament record of 4-4 and as the first MIT woman to reach this round of the tournament. A two-time All-American, Hansen was named Academic All-District 1 by CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine and will graduate in June with a degree in Mathematics and minors in Chemistry and in Brain & Cognitive Sciences.

Match results:

Round of 32      
Leslie Hansen (MIT) 6 4 6
Marta Drane (Denison) 2 6 4
       
Round of 16      
Carolyn Warren (Johns Hopkins) 1 6 5
Leslie Hansen (MIT) 6 3 7
       
Quarterfinals      
Leslie Hansen (MIT) 1 4  
Julia Browne (Tufts)
6 6  

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