POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – MIT's 13th-ranked women's tennis team completed a quick two-day trip on a successful note today when the Engineers defeated No. 29 Vassar College, 8-1. Sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) and freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) teamed for a doubles win and also scored singles victories to lead MIT to the victory.
Tam and Kohrs quickly put the first point of the day on the scoreboard in MIT's favor, taking an 8-1 decision in the No. 2 doubles match over Emily Hallewell and Winnie Yeates. Vassar (11-5) quickly bounced back with an 8-2 win in the No. 1 doubles match to even things up. At No. 3 it was a close battle between the team of junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) for the Engineers and Lauren Stauffer and Lindsay Kantor for the Brewers, with the MIT team prevailing in the end by a 9-7 score.
MIT then wrapped things up by taking all of the singles matches in straight sets. Playing at No. 2, freshmen Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) took the first of the six matches with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Hallewell. Tam then put the Engineers a point away from clinching the match with her 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Yeates at No. 3. A 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 by Lai over Kantor then put it in the win column for the Engineers.
Senior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) kept things rolling for MIT with a 6-2, 6-2 win in her No. 5 match, with Kohrs coming out on top in the No. 1 contest by a 6-3, 6-0 score over Samantha Schapiro. Junior Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) closed it out for the Engineers with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 6.
MIT will return home for its final two matches of the regular season, hosting Brandeis University in the first on April 22 at 4:00 p.m.