AMHERST, Mass. – After clinching the No. 2 seed for the NEWMAC Championship last week, the No. 22 MIT women's tennis team tuned up for the conference tournament with an appearance at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament over the weekend at Amherst College. In a format that saw the MIT squad split into four smaller teams, the Engineers advanced two of their teams to the Round of 16.
Senior Anastasia Vishnevetsky (Orange, Conn.) had a strong showing for MIT. Playing for the MIT #2 team she won a pair of singles matches. In her first outing of the weekend she downed Ana Gwozdz from Salve Regina University, 8-3. In her next match she defeated Shelci Bowman of Tufts University in a tight three-setter, 4-6, 6-0, 10-5. She also teamed with freshman Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) in doubles to defeat a Salve Regina squad, 8-1. Dutt also picked up a singles win for the Engineers, defeating Elizabeth DeFilippo, 8-1 of Salve Regina.
Seniors Alexandria Hall (Hemet, Calif.) and Hillary Jenny (Green Bay, Wis.) made up MIT #3 and was the other team that reached the round of 16 for the Engineers. The duo defeated a team from Roger Williams University, 3-0 in the first round. Hall downed Amanda Wolfe, 8-2, while Jenny held off Libby Magner, 9-8. In doubles they downed their opponents by an 8-3 margin.
MIT also had a doubles team that went 2-0 for the weekend. Sophomores Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) started the weekend with an 8-3 win over Hoyt/Maphisa from Trinity College and then scored an 8-5 victory over Bergstein/Vandroff from Brandeis University.
Also picking up a singles win for MIT was freshman Madeline Aby (Lake Forest, Ill.). She defeated Karlee Walther from Salve Regina, 6-0, 6-1.
MIT will move on to the NEWMAC Championships next, playing No. 3 seed Babson College in the semifinals on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.