WELLESLEY, Mass. – In a battle that would determine first place in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference women's tennis standings, MIT came out swept the doubles matches against Wellesley College and then split the singles matches with the Blue to come away with a 6-3 victory. The win lifts MIT into sole possession of first place in the NEWMAC standings, moving the Engineers to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the NEWMAC. Wellesley fell to 3-2 and 2-1 in the conference
In the rematch of last season's NEWMAC championship match that was won by Wellesley, MIT took two early points in doubles play with 8-3 wins in both the Nos. 2 and 3 matches. In what turned into a battle at No.1, the MIT team of junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) held off the team of Diana Granger/Sojung Lee by a 9-7 score.
Playing in the No. 1 singles slot for the first time this season, sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) kept the points going up on the MIT side of the scoreboard as she downed Erica Choo, 6-1, 6-4. Junior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) then delivered the victory for the Engineers before the Blue could get on the board. Playing at No. 5, Hsu held off Abby Esrock in the first set before going on to take a 7-5, 6-1 win.
Wellesley bounced back with a pair of wins, with Catherine Matulis taking a 6-4, 6-2 win over sophomore Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) at No. 4 and Diana Granger getting a 6-4, 6-2 decision over senior Candace Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) at No. 2. In the closest match of the night, Tam picked up the final point for MIT with a 7-6 (0), 3-6, 10-7 decision in the No. 3 match.
Wellesley scored the final point of the match in the No 6 contest when Suzanne Barth scored a 6-3, 6-3 win over freshman Meghana Vasireddy (Golden Valley, Minn.).
MIT play on the road again on Saturday in its next action, playing at NEWMAC foe Clark University for a 1:00 p.m. match. Wellesley will also play again on Saturday, hosting Mount Holyoke College at 1:00 p.m.