FALMOUTH, Maine – Playing in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Tournament, No. 22 MIT took on No. 6 Middlebury this afternoon at the Falmouth Tennis Club. The Engineers played well, but the Panthers were able to escape with a key win in doubles as they advanced to the regional final with a 5-0 win.
Middlebury (12-6) got started early with an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles. The MIT No. 1 team of juniors Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and junior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) had an early lead in their match with Brittany Faber and Leah Kepping only to see the Panther team rebound to take an 8-4 decision. In the key match at No. 3, freshman Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.) and sophomore Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) held a 4-1 lead over Katie Paradies and Dorrie Paradies, but the Middlebury duo rallied and took a 9-7 decision.
Faced with the task of winning five of the six singles matches, MIT (17-5) fell into a 4-0 hole when Dorrie Paradies won her No. 5 match against Dutt, 6-0, 6-1. The outcome was then decided when Quisenberry fell in her No. 1 match against Lok-Sze Leung, 6-1, 6-4.
While the team is concluded with its season, Quisenberry will continue her season at the NCAA Division III Individual Championships that will be held May 23-25 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.