WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – It was a successful trip to the 2013 USTA/ITA New England Regional Championships for the MIT women's tennis team. The Engineers sent a record seven players to the tournament hosted by Williams College and came away with some impressive results, including senior Lauren Quisenberry's (Corpus Christi, Texas) second trip to the tournament's Round of 16 in as many years.
Six players took part in singles action in the tournament for the Engineers. Quisenberry, who was seeded No. 4 in the singles bracket, started her weekend with a two set victory over Senzo Mavune-Maphisa from Trinity College. She took the first set 6-1 before holding off her opponent in the deciding second set in a close 7-6 (8-6) decision. She then moved on to play Lindsay Benoit from Nichols College, advancing to the Round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-1 win. Quisenberry's weekend came to an end there, however, as she fell to Linda Shin from Williams, 6-1, 6-0.
Freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) also won an opening round match for MIT, defeating Alex Marlowe from NEWMAC foe Wheaton College, 6-2, 6-1. She then had to face the No. 2 tournament seed, Ria Gerger from Middlebury College and took a 6-2, 6-1 loss.
Sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) and freshmen Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) and Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) all suffered setbacks in the first round, but Kong and Kohrs continued play in the consolation bracket where they met with success. Kong defeated Tess Perese from Colby College in a hard-fought 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 win before falling in another close one to Tiffany Cheng from Bowdoin College, 5-7, 6-1, 10-6. Kohrs won both of her matches in the consolation side, defeating Alexa Katz from Brandeis University by a score of 6-1, 6-1 before moving on to down Claire Dubrin of Wesleyan University, 6-1, 6-3. Senior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) played in the feed in round of the consolation bracket and took the first set from Jacqueline Baum from Tufts University before falling in closely contested 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 10-5 decision.
Three doubles teams also played for MIT in the tournament, with a record two reaching the quarterfinals before bowing out. The team of Tam and Kohrs had a tough first round assignment and fell to No. 1 seed and eventual tournament champion Gabby Devlin and Jordan Brewer from Amherst College, 8-1. They came back to claim a victory in the consolation round, however, defeating Maya Vasser and Katz from Brandeis, 8-2. Lai and junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) had a tough match in their opening round action against Wesleyan's Durbin and Grace Smith, prevailing in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-5). They then moved on with an 8-6 decision over No. 5 seed Shelci Bowman and Sam Gann from Tufts. In the quarterfinals they fell to the team of Linda Shin and Alex Stone from Williams, 8-3.
Quisenberry and Hsu teamed up to also reach the quarterfinals for MIT. They opened with an 8-6 decision over Lily Bondy and Kaysee Orozco from Middlebury before moving on with an 8-1 decision over Bowdoin's No. 5 seed Joulia Likhanskaia and Kate Winingham. The Engineers' duo then fell by that same 8-1 score to No. 2 seed Kara Shoemaker and Rebecca Curran from host Williams.
MIT returns to dual meet action on Tuesday, October 1 when it hosts Clark University in a NEWAMC match at 4:00 p.m.