CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Brandeis University used a strong singles performance to come back from an early deficit to score a 6-3 win over MIT in women's tennis action. Sophomore Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) was a winner in both singles and doubles play to lead the Engineers.
MIT (10-7) took an early lead in the match by winning two of the three doubles contests. Hsu and freshman Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) scored the first point of the day for the Engineers, defeating Nina Levine and Roberta Bergstein in the No. 2 match, 8-3. MIT's No. 1 team of senior Anastasia Vishnevetsky (Orange, Conn.) and freshman Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) made it two wins for the Engineers, taking a hard fought, 9-7 victory over Carley Cooke and Faith Broderick to put their team on top going into singles play.
Brandeis, ranked No. 20 in the latest national poll, was too strong in singles play for MIT to maintain its lead as the Judges took four matches in straight sets and another when the MIT player had to retire. Hsu was the only winner for the Engineers, coming from behind in her match at No. 4 to record the win. After dropping her first set to Simone Vandroff, 6-3, she fought back to take a 3-6, 6-4, 10-4 win. Kong was the closest in the rest of the singles flights for the Engineers, falling to Ally Bernstein at No. 3 by a 6-3, 6-2 score.
MIT will close out its 2011-12 season this weekend when it plays matches at Vassar College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and at Skidmore College on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.