CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT started defense of its 2012 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference women's tennis title with a strong start to the 2013 this afternoon. The Engineers pitched a 9-0 shutout at NEWMAC newcomer, Emerson College, in the opener for both squads.
MIT was dominant in doubles play, dropping just one game between all three matches. The No. 2 team of junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) and the No. 3 duo of freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) and sophomore Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.) both scored the 8-0 wins to lead the Engineers to an early 3-0 advantage.
Playing at No. 6, Dutt picked up the next point for MIT, scoring a 6-0, 6-0 win over Macy Day. Freshman Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) won in her first collegiate outing with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Tessy Vetter at No. 5. Lai then clinched the match for MIT with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Jana Winfield in the No. 3 match. The Engineers went on to win the remaining singles matches in straight sets as they went on to take the conference opener.
MIT will continue in NEWMAC play next weekend as it plays at Wellesley College on Sept. 14 at 1:00 p.m. Emerson will play next on Sept. 10 when it hosts Roger Williams at 4:00 p.m.