WELLESLEY, Mass. – MIT successfully defended its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's tennis title this afternoon as the top seeded Engineers defeated No. 2 seed and tournament host, Wellesley College, 5-1, to win the championship. It was the fifth overall NEWMAC title for the program. Sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) went 3-0 during the two-day tournament and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
MIT (11-0) picked up the first point of the afternoon with its No. 2 doubles team of Tam and freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) taking an 8-1 decision over Andjela Stojkovic and Lina Ye. The Engineers went up 2-0 with a win at No. 3 as junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) scored an 8-4 win over Kendall Tada and Samantha Stone. Wellesley (9-3) avoided the sweep in doubles by taking the No. 1 match by a final of 8-4.
Early in the singles matches things were evenly split, with MIT controlling the early action three matches and Wellesley ahead in the other three. One of the early leads for the Engineers quickly turned into a point as junior Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) downed Kendall Tada in the No. 6 match, 6-0, 6-0. MIT held its advantage in the other two matches in which it had a lead, while moving ahead in two of the other three matches as the Engineers won the first set in five of the six contests.
In the end it was the bottom half of the bracket that came through for the Engineers. Playing at No. 4, freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) overcame an early first set deficit to defeat Samantha Stone, 7-5, 6-0. Just moments after Lai finished off her match, freshman Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) wrapped things up for MIT when she downed Linda Ye in the No. 4 contest, 6-2, 6-2.
When the match finished Tam and senior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) were ahead in their matches at Nos. 3 and 1, while Wellesley's Carina Chen held a slim advantage in the No. 2 match.
With the win, MIT also gained an automatic berth in the 2014 NCAA Championships that will be held next May. The victory also marked the close of the fall season for the Engineers, who will return for action in the spring in March.
|Captains Vynnie Kong, Michelle Dutt,
Julia Hsu and Lauren Quisenberry accept
|Victoria Tam accepts Most Outstanding
award frmo NEWMAC Executive Director