WALTHAM, Mass. – Playing in a semifinal of the 2014 Nor'Easter Bowl, the 17th ranked MIT women's tennis team moved on to the tomorrow's final as the Engineers upset No. 14 Trinity College, 7-2. Freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) clinched the win for the Engineers when she won the No. 1 singles match in straight sets.
As it did in yesterday's quarterfinal win, MIT (13-2) swept through the doubles competition to take an early 3-0 lead. The Engineers breezed through the No. 2 match, winning 8-0, to put the first point on the board. The second point came from the No. 1 team of seniors Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christy, Texas) and Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.), who took an 8-3 win over the team of Melita Ferjanic and Morgan Feldman. Junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) then made it 3-for-3 for MIT, holding off Caroline Gagne/Elizabeth Gerber, 8-6, at No. 3.
MIT wrapped the match up early with wins in the first three singles matches decided. Hsu made it 4-0 with her win at No. 6 over Gagne, a 6-1, 6-3 decision. Playing in the top flight, Kohrs then clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Ferjanic. Lai then made it three in a row for the Engineers in her No. 4 match, taking a 6-2, 6-2 win against Alexandra Criss.
The final three matches were all closely contested. At No. 2 Feldman scored the first point for Trinity (7-2), taking a close 7-5, 7-5 win against freshman Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.). At No. 3, sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) stormed back after dropping her first set to post a 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 win against Senzo Mavune-Maphisa. It also went to three sets at No. 5 where Gerber took a 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 decision over junior Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.).
MIT will take on No. 4 Amherst College tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. for the Nor'Easter Bowl title.