CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After completing a fall season that was culminated by a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference championship, the MIT women's tennis team has been ranked No. 21 in the nation among NCAA Division III teams in first poll of the 2012-13 season. It is a jump of nine places from the No. 30 ranking that the Engineers finished the 2011-12 season with. MIT is the top NEWMAC team in the national rankings, with Wellesley College coming in at No. 25 in the poll.
In addition to the national ranking, MIT was tabbed as the No. 9 team in the highly competitive Northeast Region. Junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christy, Texas), who was named the NEWMAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year last week, was ranked as the No. 13 singles player in the region after finishing the fall season with an 11-1 overall record, going 8-0 in dual matches in the No. 1 singles slot. Sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) earned a No. 25 ranking after going through the fall season with a 12-2 mark that includes a perfect 7-0 record in No. 2 singles play.
Quisenberry teamed with freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) to form a potent No. 1 doubles team for MIT, one that earned a No. 8 ranking in the region. Tam, who was named the NEWMAC Freshman of the Year, and Quisenberry went 9-2 during the fall campaign, including a 7-1 mark in dual matches as the No. 1 team.
With the fall portion of its schedule complete, MIT will return to action on the courts next March as it opens play in the spring portion of its 2012-13 schedule.