Le and Liu Shine, Tzeng Earns Sportsmanship Award at NEWITT's

Le and Liu Shine, Tzeng Earns Sportsmanship Award at NEWITT's

THE BASICS:

- Location: Mount Holyoke College - South Hadley, Mass.

- The Lead: At the 2016 NEWITT Tennis Championship, the MIT duo of freshman Serena Le (Aiea, Hawaii) and junior Rena Liu (Oak Hill, Va.) highlighted play for the No. 17 Engineers as the pair finished as the runner-up the B draw in a Sunday match with the No. 5 team from Amherst.  

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In addition to the tournament play, junior Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif. - pictured at right) was named as the recipient of the 2016 NEWITT Christine Davis Sportsmanship Award. The award is named after Smith College head coach Christine Davis, who has been in that position since 1979. The award is given to a current junior or senior player who exemplifies the values that Coach Davis lives and teaches every day, which are to compete with grace, passion and commitment.

- In the A draw, sophomore Kelly Zhu (Pearland, Texas) and freshman Lara Rakocevic (Portland, Ore.) earned a 3-0 win over Ines de Bracamonte and Isabelle Garvanne before falling to the duo Camille Smukler and Jen Chen from Amherst in round two.

- Also in the A draw, freshmen Sharlene Song (Arcadia, Calif.) and Effie Jia (San Ramon, Calif.) were defeated by the Trinity No. 1 team of Julia Brogan and Krista Jiranek by a 2-1 margin to move into the consolation bracket. In that consolation match, Song and Jia fell to the Colby Sawyer No. 1 team of Ashley Woodside and Maddy Gemerek.

- In the B draw, Le and Liu continued their spectacular play this season as the pair defeated the Wheaton No. 2 team of Jody Katz and Harley Swainston by a 3-0 to advance to take on Babson on Sunday. On Sunday, Le and Liu toppled Kylie Kam and Emily Roeper, followed by a win over the Trinity No. 2 team of Marlen Miranda and Jillian Winer to move into the B draw final. In that match vs. the Amherst No. 5 team of Camilla Trapness and Maddie Dewire, Le and Liu dropped a 3-0 final to cap off the weekend for the Engineers.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action at home on Saturday-Sunday, October 22-23 as the Engineers host the 2016 NEWMAC Conference Championship semifinals and final. The Engineers are the top seed with an 8-0 regular-season record and will take on the winner of No. 4 Mount Holyoke/No. 5 Wheaton beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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