CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A strong singles performance that saw the No. 22 MIT women's tennis team take five matches in straight sets was the key to the Engineers 8-1 victory over Springfield College this afternoon. MIT improved to 5-2 on the season, 5-1 in the NEWMAC, while Springfield fell to 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
MIT began that day with a sweep in the doubles competition. The Engineers had little trouble in the top two flights, taking 8-2 and 8-1 wins. At No. 3 it turned out to be back and forth battle between the team of seniors Alexandria Hall (Hemet, Calif.) and Hillary Jenny (Green Bay, Wis.) for MIT and the team of Erin Woodbury and Siana Green from Springfield. In the end the MIT duo prevailed, taking a 9-8 (7-4) victory.
In singles play MIT won the 2-6 flights, all in straight sets, to seal the win. Sophomores Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) and freshman Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) all dropped just one game in their victories to give MIT enough points to put the match away early. Sam Carney picked up the lone point for the Pride, coming from behind in the No. 1 singles match to defeat freshman Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.), 2-6, 6-3, 12-10.
MIT will close out regular season NEWMAC play on October 11 when it travels to Wheaton College for a 4:00 p.m. match. Springfield will also be on the road on the 11th, taking on Mount Holyoke at 4:00 p.m.