BABSON PARK, Mass. – In a battle of two teams that had gone a combined 6-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, the MIT women's tennis team came out on top against Babson College as the Engineers took a 7-1 decision. Freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) won in both her singles and doubles matches, with the singles victory providing the deciding point for MIT (5-0, 5-0 NEWMAC).
Kohrs teamed with sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) in doubles play to take an 8-3 win at No. 2 in the early action. MIT's No. 3 team also tasted victory, with freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) and sophomore Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.) picking up an 8-4 decision. It was a battle all the way to the end in the No. 1 match where Babson (5-3, 2-1 NEWMAC) saw its team of junior Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass.) and freshman Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.) edge out MIT's team of seniors Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) by a score of 9-8(4).
Junior Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) took the first point in singles play with her 6-1, 6-1 decision over junior Courtney Fischer (Greenwich, Conn.). Just one step up the ladder Lai put the Engineers within a point of clinching the match, dropping just one game to sophomore Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.) in a 6-0, 6-1 win. Playing at No. 2 against Weick, Kohrs delivered the match in the win column for the Engineers with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph.
Quisenberry won at No. 1 against Freeman, taking a 6-2, 6-4 win before freshman Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) took the final point of the match for MIT, edging past junior Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla.) with a 6-4, 6-3 decision. The No. 3 match between MIT's Tam and Babson senior Sarah Whitaker (Dellwood, Minn.) was not completed due to darkness.
MIT will take a break from dual match play this weekend as it takes part in the ITA Regional Championships hosted by Williams College. The Engineers set a school record with seven players qulifiying to take part in the tournament. Quisenberry, Kohrs, Tam, Lai and Wendi Kong are all scheduled to compete in singles play. Three doubles teams also qualified, with the duos of Quisenberry/Hsu; Tam/Kohrs; and junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and Lai also competing in the tournament.