April 5, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The nationally-ranked No. 28 MIT women's tennis team defeated Trinity College, 7-2, in a non-conference match on Saturday. With the win, the Engineers improved to 12-5 overall while the Bantams fell to 7-4.
Anisa McCree and Yi Wang led off the match with an 8-2 decision over Trinity's Sarah Gould and Arielle Leben in the No. 2 doubles position. The Bantams picked up a point after Sydney Meckler and Robyn Williams defeated Melissa Diskin and Karina Pikhart, 8-3, in the third slot. The Engineers regained the lead after Leslie Hansen and Mariah Hoover edged out Brenna Driscoll and Amanda Tramont, 8-6, in the top spot.
In singles action, Hansen registered a 6-4, 6-2 win over Driscoll in the No. 1 position. Hoover outlasted Tramont, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, while Gould defeated Diskin, 6-3, 6-4, to prevent a singles sweep for the Engineers. Wang posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the No. 4 slot as McCree fought off Olivia Merns, 6-4, 7-6 (5). In the No. 6 spot, Pikhart took the opening set (6-2) before Meckler captured the next frame (6-3). Pikhart bounced back by taking the decisive set, 11-9.
In exhibition play, the Bantams were victorious in all three matches. Merns and Jillian Steckloff collaborated for an 8-5 decision over Katie Smyth and Jen Rees as Stickloff followed this performance by defeating Kerry Weinberg, 8-0. Kristina Pappas closed the day with a hard-fought 9-8 (3) win against Emma Rosen.
Next up for MIT will be a home match against NYU on Saturday, April 12. Trinity will continue play at home on Sunday, April 6 versus Smith College.
Trinity College vs. No. 28 MIT
Final Team Score: MIT 7, Trinity 2
1. Leslie Hansen/Mariah Hoover (M) def. Brenna Driscoll/Amanda Tramont (T), 8-6
2. Anisa McCree/Yi Wang (M) def. Sarah Gould/Arielle Leben (T), 8-2
3. Sydney Meckler/Robyn Williams (T) def. Melissa Diskin/Karina Pikhart (M), 8-3
4. Olivia Merns/Jillian Steckloff (T) def. Katie Smyth/Jen Rees (M), 8-5
1. Leslie Hansen (M) def. Brenna Driscoll (T), 6-4, 6-2
2. Mariah Hoover (M) def. Amanda Tramont (T), 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. Sarah Gould (T) def. Melissa Diskin (M), 6-3, 6-4
4. Yi Wang (M) def. Arielle Leben (T), 6-1, 6-2
5. Anisa McCree (M) def. Olivia Merns (T), 6-4, 7-6 (5)
6. Karina Pikhart (M) def. Sydney Meckler (T), 6-2, 3-6, 11-9
7. Jillian Steckloff (T) def. Kerry Weinberg (M), 8-0
8. Kristina Pappas (T) def. Emma Rosen (M), 9-8 (3)