- No. 1 MIT 5, No. 2 Wellesley 3
- Location: Cambridge, Mass.
- The Lead: Trailing by a 2-1 margin following doubles play on Sunday, the top-seeded MIT Engineers rallied in singles action for a thrilling 5-3 win over No. 2 seeded Wellesley College to capture the 2016 NEWMAC Women's Tennis Championship. The title is the program's eighth overall and earns the Engineers a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Wellesley took the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches, including a convincing 8-2 win at No. 1 by Carina Chen and Justine Huang. The MIT team of junior Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) and freshman Sharlene Song (Arcadia, Calif.) earned an 8-5 win at the No. 3 spot to get the Engineers on the board entering the six singles matches.
- The match of the day was at the No. 1 spot as MIT's Kelly Zhu (Pearland, Texas) battled back from a set down to pull out the win. After Chen defeated Zhu 7-5 in the first set, Zhu answered quickly with a 6-4 win in the second. Chen jumped out to a quick 3-0 advantage in the final set before Zhu rallied to force a tie breaker, which she captured 7-4 to put MIT in front for the first time at 4-3. For her performance, Zhu was honored as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
- In singles play, Song, freshman Lara Rakocevic (Portland, Ore.) and freshman Serena Le (Aiea, Hawaii) each picked up straight set victories. The clinching point came on the match by Song at the No. 5 spot as she defeated Selina Peng by scores of 6-2, 6-4.
- MIT concludes its fall season with today's match. The Engineers are back in action at home on March 4th as the team hosts Brandeis University for a 1 p.m. start.