MIT Powers Past Simmons on Senior Day

Senior Candace Wu

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its final regular season match, the No. 23 MIT women's tennis team powered its way past Simmons College by a 9-0 score. It was also senior day for the Engineers, who honored seniors Bianca Dumitrascu (Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania), Caitlin Pomeroy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Candace Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) prior to the match.

MIT (16-4) picked up its first point by way of a shutout as the No. 3 doubles team of freshman Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.) and sophomore Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) won their match, 8-0. At No. 1 it was junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and junior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) taking the second point of the day with an 8-1 win, with the No. 2 team of Dumitrascu and freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) coming out on top in the closest of the doubles contests with an 8-4 victory over Sabrina Salmela and Caroline Khoury.

MIT was just too much for Simmons (15-5) on this day as the Engineers swept through singles play without dropping a set. Playing at No. 2, sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) brought home the first point, taking a 6-0, 6-2 win over Salmela. Wu then picked up the match clinching point, defeating Meghan Cokely, at No. 3, 6-0, 6-1. At the top of the singles ladder Quisenberry then delivered a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Margaret Teague to make it 6-0. 

Freshman Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.), playing at No. 6, then picked up the next win for MIT by taking a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Rachel Sweeney. At No.4 it was freshman Meghana Vasireddy (Golden Valley, Minn.) getting the 6-3, 6-0 win over Rachael Downey before freshman Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas) completed the sweep with her 6-1, 6-2 victory over Khoury at No. 5.

Both teams will see action again in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, with MIT getting an automatic bid after capturing the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference championship and Simmons punching its ticket by taking the Great Northeast Athletic Conference title. The parings for the tournament, which starts on May 10, will be announced on May 7.