October 17, 2005

Women's Tennis Ties For Sixth at NEWITT Tournament

Oct. 17, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Participating in the largest tennis tournament in the nation across all three divisions in the NCAA, MIT finished tied for sixth place out of 22 teams at the NEWITT Tournament held this past weekend in Amherst, Mass. Every member of the squad who participated scored a point for the Engineers.

In the No. 1 singles flight, Serena Lin defeated Trish Devine (Wellesley College), 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8) and then fell to No. 5 seed Kara Perriello (Bowdoin College), 6-2, 6-3. Elaine Ni had the same showing in the next flight as she posted a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Amanda Poe (Connecticut College) but then lost to Courtney Bartllett (Williams College), the eventual champion, 6-0, 6-2.

Mariah Hoover, seeded No. 4 in the third singles bracket, received a first round bye. She went on to defeat Francesca Russo (Babson College), 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7) before falling in the semifinals to No. 1 Alicia Menezes (Amherst College), 6-0, 6-1. Yi Wang posted a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Kati Hogan (Babson College) and then lost to No. 3 Elizabeth Emery (Middlebury College), 6-2, 6-3.

Jill Konowich had the most successful singles run for MIT as she was seeded No. 4 in the fifth singles flight. After a first round bye, she defeated Mallika Raghavan (Bates College), 6-0, 6-1, and Lani Ackerman (Tufts University), 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). Konowich lost to the eventual champion, No. 2 Hadley Miller (Amherst College), 6-0, 6-3, in the semifinals. Also seeded fourth, Joanna MacKay lost to Elyse Piker (Tufts University), 6-2, 6-3 after a first round bye.

In doubles action, Lin and Hoover surpassed last year's semifinalist finish in the No. 2 flight by making MIT's first appearance in the finals of any doubles bracket. Competing in the top flight and seeded fourth, the duo defeated Ghorbani and Sirois (Wesleyan University), 8-6, Hackmann and Russo (Babson College), 8-5, and Hughes D'Elia (Bowdoin College), 8-4. Lin and Hoover lost to No. 1 Raverta and Menezes (Amherst College, 8-3, in the title match.

MacKay and Ni led off their stint in the No. 2 doubles flight by defeating Tramount and Gould (Trinity), 8-1. They went on to post an 8-4 victory over Yaguchi and Cornell (Roger Williams University) before falling to No. 3 Berck and Holick (Middlebury College) in the quarterfinals. Konowich and Jusleen Karve, seeded No. 4, recorded a 9-8 (7-4) win over Regab and Collector (Wesleyan University) and then lost to Perriello and Waldman (Bowdoin College), 8-1.

Head coach Carol Matsuzaki said, "Overall, it was a great showing for us. We competed with some of the best teams in the country and did very well. I think this was a great weekend of play going into the NEWMAC Championship Tournament."