CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a battle of the two remaining undefeated women's tennis teams in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference standings, No. 22 MIT and No. 24 Wellesley College duked it out inside the J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble this evening. When all was said and done the Blue rode the strength of three wins each in doubles and singles play to score the 6-3 victory.
Wellesley (6-1, 5-0 NEWMAC) started the match off on a strong note by taking all three doubles matches. MIT (4-2, 4-1 NEWMAC) came close to a victory in a closely contested No. 1 doubles match, but the team of sophomore Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christy, Texas) and senior Anastasia Vishnevetsky (Orange, Conn.) fell to the Wellesley duo of Marie Watanabe and SoJung Lee, 8-6.
Two of the singles matches went to three sets, with the two teams splitting them. Watanabe came back from dropping the first set in her match with Quisenberry at No. 1, taking a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win. In the No. 3 position Vishnevetsky was also a winner after dropping a first set, picking up a point for the Engineers with her 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 triumph.
Sophomore Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) brought home another point for MIT, taking a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win over Diana Granger in the No. 4 position. Freshman Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) also took a straight sets win for the Engineers, downing Lee, 6-2, 64 for the final point MIT would score. Freshman Juana Becerra (Bucaramanga, Columbia) was ahead in her No. 6 match, 6-3, 4-3, but was forced to retire to put the point in the Wellesley column.
MIT will continue its NEWMAC schedule in its next action when it hosts Springfield College on Saturday, October 8 at 1:00 p.m.