MIT Blanks Smith, 9-0
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the fifth time this season the MIT women's tennis team did not allow its opponent a point as the Engineers defeated Smith College, 9-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference match. Sophomore Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.) picked up the victory in the No. 6 singles match that gave the Engineers their ninth straight victory.
MIT (9-0, 8-0 NEWMAC) started the day with 8-0 and 8-1 decisions in the Nos. 3 and 1 matches to go up 2-0. The Engineers completed the sweep with the No. 2 team of junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) getting past the Smith (1-7, 1-7 NEWMAC) team of freshman Margaret Anne Smith (Spring Lake, N.HJ.) and junior Seema Samawi (Damascus, Syria) by a final of 8-2.
MIT went on to take all of the singles matches in straight sets, with the Engineers not surrendering a game in four of the matches. Sophomore Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.) started singles off with a 6-0, 6-0 win in the No. 5 match, followed by Peters victory in her No. 6 contest that put the match in the win column for MIT. Freshmen Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) also scored 6-0, 6-0 wins for MIT, taking their victories in the Nos. 1 and 3 contests.
Freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) scored the eighth point for the Engineers in the No. 2 match, taking a 6-0, 6-1 win over Samawi. Senior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) completed the match for MIT and picked up her 100th career point by taking a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Smith.
Both teams will be back in action at the NEWITT Tournament that will be hosted by Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. From Oct. 18 through the 20th.