SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Playing for the second time in as many days, the MIT women's tennis team stayed on its season-opening roll, taking a 9-0 win at Springfield College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match. The victory was also a milestone for head coach Carol Matsuzaki who collected her 200th career win.
MIT (3-0, 3-0 NEWMAC) did not give up more than a game to Springfield (0-3, 0-3 NEWMAC) in any of the three doubles matches, taking all three points to start the match. After an 8-0 win by the No. 1 doubles pairing of sophomore Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and junior Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) started things off, the No. 3 team of sophomore Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) and freshman Rena Liu (Oak Hill, Va.) completed the doubles sweep with an 8-1 decision.
Liu came back in singles play and scored the first point there for the Engineers, taking a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5. Much like the doubles portion of the match, MIT was dominant as it won all six matches in straight sets. After playing at No. 3 on Saturday, freshman Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) moved up to No. 1 and took a 6-0. 6-1 win to score the second singles win of the day for the Engineers.
Junior Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas) clinched the match for MIT, downing her opponent at No. 6 by a 6-1, 6-0 score to put the Engineers up 5-0. Freshman Jae Hyun Kim (Soul, South Korea) finished off the sweep for MIT in her No. 4 match, claiming a 6-1, 6-0 decision.
MIT will return to action on September 20 when the Engineers will host Mount Holyoke College in a NEWMAC match at 1:00 p.m. Springfield will return to the courts on September 18 when it hosts Western New England University at 4:00 p.m.