September 29, 2008

Leslie Hansen Posts Runner-Up Finish at ITA New England Championship

Sept. 29, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Leslie Hansen became the first person in the history of the MIT women’s tennis program to finish as a singles finalist at the Division III Wilson/ITA Women’s New England Championship held this past weekend at the J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble. This performance follows up her appearance in the semifinals last year. Also representing the Engineers at the tournament were Melissa Diskin, Anastasia Vishnevetsky, and Anisa McCree.

Hansen, seeded No. 3 for the second year in a row, opened the competition with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Chandra Kurien (Middlebury College). She then defeated Elisa Marifian (Mount Holyoke College), 6-1, 6-0, Laura Danzig (Amherst College), 4-6, 6-2, 10-8, and Laken King (Amherst College), 6-3, 6-3. In the semifinals Hansen edged out No. 2 Brittany Berckes (Amherst College), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) before falling to No. 4 Julia Browne (Tufts University), 7-5, 6-0, in the title match.

Diskin lost to top-seeded Cary Gibson (Williams College), 6-0, 6-0, in her opening match while Vishnevetsky was defeated by Emily Lombardi (Bowdoin College), 6-2, 6-1.

In doubles play, Hansen and Vishnevetsky cruised past Julie Achenbaum and Audrey Jacobsen (Colby College), 8-1, but they came up short against Sarah Geocaris and Catherine Teague (Wheaton College) by an 8-6 margin. Diskin and McCree fell in their lone match by a score of 8-1 to Kristin Alotta and Taylor French (Williams College).