LEWISTON, Maine – A couple of hard fought, three set matches in singles play that did not go MIT's way proved to be the difference today as Bates College upended the No. 22 Engineers by a final of 6-3 in women's tennis. It was the first loss of the spring season for MIT, which fell to 8-4. Senior Anastasia Vishnevetsky (Orange, Conn.) led MIT with wins in both doubles and singles play.
The score of 8-4 proved to be the final for all three doubles matches, with Bates coming out on top in the Nos. 1 and 3 matches. The MIT team of Vishnevetsky and freshman Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) picked up the Engineers' victory, defeating Bobcats team of Ashley Brunk and Nicole Russell.
In singles play the top three flights all went to three sets before being decided. At No. 1 sophomore Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) won her first set, 6-0, over Elena Mandzhukova before seeing her opponent bounce back to take a 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 win. Vishnevetsky came out on top in her battle at No. 2 with Meg Anderson, taking the 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 victory. In the No. 3 match Dutt came back from a first set loss to win her second set against Jacquelyn Holmes, only to come up short in the third set in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss.
Freshman Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) scored the other point for MIT during the match, taking her No. 5 singles contest in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1 over Audrey Grauer.
MIT will not be in action again until April when it plays at the Wellesley Invitational on April 6-8.