April 7, 2013

MIT Women's Tennis Upended by Trinity

WELLESLEY, Mass. – Playing against a ranked opponent for the third time in as many days at the 2013 Nor'Easter Bowl, the No. 21 MIT women's tennis team found itself on the short end of an 8-1 score against No. 24 Trinity (Conn.) College. The Engineers finished fourth in the eight-team tournament with the loss, with junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) scoring the lone point for MIT with a victory in singles play.

Things did not start well for MIT (14-4) as Trinity (6-4) started things off with a sweep of the doubles matches. The Engineers were close to a point in the No. 3 match, as sophomore Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.) put up a good fight against the Trinity pair of Elizabeth Gerber and Regan Cherna before falling 8-6. The Bantams took the No. 1 match by an 8-4 score and the No. 2, 8-1, to take a 3-0 lead going into singles.

Quisenberry, who went 3-0 in the No. 1 singles position during the tournament, put MIT on the board after taking a hard fought, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Melita Ferjanic. All of the singles matches would be straight set affairs, but the Engineers were shutout in the rest of the flights as Trinity went on to score the win. 

Sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.), playing at No. 2 against Hillary Hoyt, had a good match but could not overcome her opponent in a 6-4, 6-3 defeat. Junior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) was the only other MIT player to win more than two games in a set, falling 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6 to Frances Cameron.

MIT will be back on the courts next Saturday, April 13, when it plays at Brandeis University at 11:00 a.m. Trinity will host Connecticut College on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in its next match.