MIT Surges Past Springfield, 7-2

Oct. 2, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT captured its fourth consecutive NEWMAC win following a 7-2 decision over Springfield College on Saturday. The victory lifted the Engineers' ledger to 4-1 on the year and 4-0 in conference play as they maintained a tie with Wellesley College for the top spot in the standings.

Tech dominated doubles play with a sweep, which also included an exhibition win. Joanna MacKay and Leslie Hansen led the way with an 8-2 decision in the No. 1 spot while Karina Pikhart and Anisa McCree posted an 8-3 victory in the No. 3 slot. Mariah Hoover and Yi Wang wrapped up the first portion of the match with an 8-5 win.

Hansen and Emily Chen recorded straight-set decisions for MIT. Hansen defeated Meghan Kelly, 6-0, 6-2, in the No. 1 slot while Chen notched a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the No. 6 position. After dropping the first set of her No. 2 match, 6-3, Hoover battled back with wins of 7-5 and 10-5. McCree lost the opening frame, 6-4, of her No. 4 match, but she bounced back with a pair of 6-3 wins. In the No. 3 position, Wang fell to Melissa Weinstein, 6-3, 6-4, while MacKay was defeated, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (2).

In exhibition play, Katie Smyth and Kerry Weinberg collaborated for an 8-3 doubles victory. Pikhart picked up a win over Janice Exley while Jackie Rogoff outlasted Beth Slotnick, 6-3, 7-5. Smyth shutout her opponent in the final match of the day.

Springfield College vs. MIT
Final Team Score: MIT 7, Springfield 2

Doubles
1. Joanna MacKay/Leslie Hansen (M) def. Meghan Kelly/Melissa Weinstein (S), 8-2
2. Mariah Hoover/Yi Wang (M) def. Kaitlynn Cates/Jessica Sousa (S), 8-5
3. Karina Pikhart/Anisa McCree (M) def. Shannon Desroches/Danielle Lamb (S), 8-3
4. Katie Smyth/Kerry Weinberg (M) def. Janice Exley/Beth Slotnick (S), 8-3

Singles
1. Leslie Hansen (M) def. Meghan Kelly (S), 6-0, 6-2
2. Mariah Hoover (M) def. Kaitlynn Cates (S), 3-6, 7-5, 10-5
3. Melissa Weinstein (S) def. Yi Wang (M), 6-3, 6-4
4. Anisa McCree (M) def. Shannon Desroches (S), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. Jessica Sousa (S) def. Joanna MacKay (M), 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (2)
6. Emily Chen (M) def. Danielle Lamb (S), 6-4, 6-2
7. Karina Pikhart (M) def. Janice Exley (S), Scores not available
8. Jackie Rogoff (M) def. Beth Slotnick (S), 6-3, 7-5
9. Katie Smyth (M) def. Jenna McDonald (S), 6-0, 6-0