April 2, 2011

Women’s Tennis Takes Two Matches at Wellesley Invite

WELLESLEY, Mass. – MIT women's tennis routed SUNY New Paltz 7-2 and then edged Wellesley 5-4 to sweep their matches at this weekend's Wellesley Invitational tournament. MIT got points from their top two doubles and top two singles players in each of the matches to notch their fourth and fifth straight wins of the spring season.

Lauren Quisenberry and Candace Wu won 8-1 against the Hawks of New Paltz and 8-2 against Wellesley at first doubles, while Julia Hsu and Bianca Dumitrascu did the exact same thing. MIT swept the doubles matches in their first contest against New Paltz, with Melissa Diskin and Katie O'Neal adding an 8-3 victory.

Quisenberry had no difficulties at first singles, beating Stephanie Schara 6-0, 6-1. Wu, Hsu and Dumitrascu also easily took care of their opponents, but the Hawks salvaged points in the fifth and sixth singles positions.

The Wellesley Blue put up a closer fight, grabbing a point at third doubles when Erica Choo and Kendall Tada beat Diskin and O'Neal 8-6. Choo took another point at third singles when she beat Hsu 7-5, 6-1, but a 6-2, 6-2 win by Quisenberry, a 6-2, 6-4 victory by Wu and a 6-0, 6-1 thrashing by Dumitrascu at fourth singles was enough to secure the win for MIT. Like New Paltz, Wellesley made the match closer by taking points at the final two singles positions, but the Blue were unable to pull out the win.

The event featured ten tennis teams from either New England or New York, many of them nationally recognized tennis programs. In addition to New Paltz, MIT and the hosts, competing schools included Amherst, Brandeis, Colby-Sawyer, Emerson, Skidmore, TCNJ and Tufts University.

MIT, now 10-4 overall this year, will continue their spring schedule when they host Bates at 3:00 PM on April 9th.