BRUNSWICK, Maine – Making its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 13 years, the No. 22 MIT women's tennis team came up victorious in the first round of the tournament this afternoon. The Engineers won their first-ever first round match, defeating Simmons College 5-0 at Bowdoin College. MIT will move on to play No. 6 Middlebury College tomorrow afternoon.
MIT (17-4) started off the match with two quick wins in doubles play over Simmons (15-6). The No. 3 team of sophomore Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.) put the first point of the day on the board for the Engineers with an 8-0 win. Senior Candace Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) were just as impressive, scoring an 8-1 win at No. 2. The No. 1 match was a close one, but in the end the MIT team of junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and junior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) gave the Engineers a 3-0 lead with an 8-6 decision over Meghan Cokley and Margaret Teague.
Two 6-0, 6-0 victories in singles play put MIT into the second round of the tournament. Wu picked up the fourth point for MIT with her win over Rachel Downey at No. 3, with freshman Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.) clinching the match for the Engineers at No. 6 with her victory over Rachel Sweeney.
MIT will face No. 6 Middlebury on Saturday afternoon in the second round. If the match is played outdoors, it will commence at 2:30 p.m. If forced indoors, the teams will play at noon at the Foreside Fitness and Tennis Club in Falmouth.