WALTHAM, Mass. – Playing for the first time in three weeks, MIT's women's tennis team took on 12th-ranked Tufts University in the opening match of the Nor'Easter Bowl Tournament. The match, which was played at Brandeis University, went to the Jumbos by an 8-1 score.
MIT (8-5) would wind up scoring its only point of the day in the doubles competition at the start of the match. Tufts picked up wins at No. 1 by an 8-3 scored and at No. 3 by an 8- margin, but the Engineers bounced back with a victory at No. 2. Sophomore Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) and freshman Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) scored an 8-5 win over Lindsay Katz/Janice Lam to put MIT on the board.
Tufts had its way in the singles matches, however, taking all in straight sets to clinch the match. Hsu and Kong were the closest Engineers to wins, with Hsu dropping a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Samantha Gann at No. 3 and Kong falling 6-3, 6-4 to Rebecca Kimmel at No. 4.
In the top flight senior Anastasia Vishnevetsky (Orange, Conn.) faced off with Katz and dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision, while at No. 2 it was Shelci Bowman taking a 6-3, 6-1 win over freshman Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.). In the No. 5 match Lam downed senior Hillary Jenny (Green Bay, Wis.), 6-0, 6-1, while at No. 6 it was Nathalie Schils defeating junior Caitlyn Pomeroy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) by a 6-2, 6-0 score.
MIT will move to the back draw semi-final where it will meet Bates College tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., with the match again taking place at Brandeis University in Waltham.