CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its first outing of the spring season, the MIT women's tennis team, ranked No. 17 in the country, faced off against another nationally ranked team, No. 4 Amherst College. The Engineers gave the Lord Jeffs a battle in a number of matches but could not come up with a win in any of them in a 9-0 loss.
Amherst (1-1) picked up the first point with an 8-1 at No. 1 singles. MIT (11-1) battled back in the other two doubles matches, both of which came down to the wire. At No. 2 the team of freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) battled into a tiebreaker against a team of seniors Zoe Pangalos and Jen Newman, only to fall by a 9-8 (4) score. The contest at No. 3 was nearly as close, with the Amherst duo of Sarah Monteagudo and Safi Aly defeating freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) and junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.), 8-6.
Amherst clinched the match with wins at Nos. 3 and 4; with Sue Ghosh getting point number five for the Jeffs with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Tam. In the No. 1 match senior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) staged a comeback attempt in the second set, but fell 6-2, 7-5 to Jordan Brewer.
Two of the matches went to three sets. At No. 2 Kohrs bounced back from a first set loss to Gabby Devlin with a 6-3 win in the second set, but saw Devlin come back to take the 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory. In the No. 6 match Lai and Monteagudo split the first two sets before Monteagudo took the third in a 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 win.
MIT will be back in action on March 15 when it travels to Middlebury College for a match. Amherst will be back in action on March 17 when the Lord Jeffs will travel to California for a match at Pomona-Pitzer.