SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - This weekend, MIT women's tennis sent four pairs to compete in the 2009 New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament hosted by Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. The Engineers' top pair of Leslie Hansen and Anastasia Vishnevetsky fought their way through the field and finished as runners-up among 42 entries.
The tournament features pairs that compete in a doubles match and two singles matches with the overall best-of-three team advancing. En route to the finals, the #6 seeded Vishnevetsky and Hansen beat out teams from Colby [3-0], Tufts [2-1], Middlebury [2-1], and the tournament's #3 pair of Grace Baljon and Lucy Marchese of Williams [2-1]. In the final match, the two were beaten by the overall top-seed of Brittany Berckes and Laura Danzig of Amherst, 3-0.
MIT's other pairs competed in a secondary bracket. Anisa McCree and Alex Hall overcame a tough pair from Springfield [2-1] before losing to Ashley Lake and Monica Mercer of Babson [2-1]. Jenny Dohlman and Kerry Weinberg fell to teams from Endicott [2-1] and Connecticut College [3-0], while Tech's final pair of Sonya Makhni and Sheena Bhalla fell to Curry [2-1] and Simmons [3-0].
The Engineers hit the courts again on Tuesday, October 20, at 2 p.m. when they face off against NEWMAC foe Babson College. Carrying heavy playoff implications, the match is the last in the conference before next weekend's championship tournament hosted by MIT. A win would put the Engineers at #3 seed in the conference, while a loss relegates them to #6.
Vishnevetsky's incredible performance this week earned her esteem as the NEWMAC Women's Tennis Singles Player of the Week. Vishnevetsky went 1-0 in conference play and 4-2 overall, during the week. In conference, she secured a tough 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 victory against Wheaton College. At NEWITTs, she defeated opponents from Colby College, Williams College, and Middlebury College.