The No. 9 ranked MIT women's tennis team opened up the fall season over the weekend as the Engineers hosted the 2019 MIT Invitational from Friday-Sunday. In doubles, the team of junior Libby Rickeman and first-year Sarah Pertsemlidis advanced to the championship of the doubles draw. After an 8-4 win over Tufts in the first round, Rickeman and Pertsemlidis defeated Ivenitsky and Camille Smukler from Amherst by an 8-7 margin that included a 7-5 score in the tiebreaker. The duo advanced to the final with an 8-3 win on Saturday before falling to Jackie Bukzin and Claire Evans by an 8-4 margin on Sunday morning.
For the second time this season, the MIT men's soccer team played to a double overtime draw at home as the Engineers drew even with Roger Williams University, 1-1, in a non-conference battle on Roberts Field. In the 65th minute MIT first-year Will Seiple scored his first collegiate goal into the right side of the net, tying the match at 1-1 in a score that would carry through double overtime.
Sophomore Emily Larson led the MIT women’s soccer team to a 10-0 win over Bridgewater State on Saturday afternoon as she registered her first two collegiate goals in the victory. Her pair of goals helped the Engineers produce the second largest goal output in a single match in program history ranking just being the 12 that MIT scored back on October 10, 2002. Her two goals came on six total shots, five of which were on goal and now rank her second on the team for most goals this season.
In a 3-0 opening weekend which saw MIT sweep its way to the Gordon College Invitational title, senior Alexis Groark averaged 3.71 kills and a .468 hitting percentage in seven sets. She kicked things off by producing a match-high 11 kills while hitting .556 in two sets against SUNY Potsdam on Friday night. In a balanced attack against MCLA on Saturday, Groark was one of four players to post five kills while registering a .444 hitting performance. She wrapped up the weekend with a match-high 10 kills and a .400 hitting percentage against host Gordon.
With 11 seconds remaining in regulation, MIT sophomore Sebastian Simon scored the game-tying goal to send the season-opening contest for the Engineers into overtime. After 110-minutes of action, MIT and UMass Boston fought to a 2-2 double overtime draw in a non-conference contest on Friday evening in Cambridge.