WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Playing in the first of two consecutive matches on the road, the No. 14 MIT women's tennis team started its trip at No. 2 Williams College where the Engineers fell, 7-2, to the Ephs. Sophomore Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) continued her strong play of late and was a part of both of MIT's points in the match.
Two of the doubles matches were closely contested, with MIT (11-6) and Williams (12-2) splitting a pair of 8-6 decisions. The Engineers' No. 2 team of Tzeng and freshman Kelly Zhu (Houston, Texas) picked up MIT's victory, defeating Julia Cancio and Hannah Atkinson (ranked No. 4 in the Northeast) while the Ephs' No. 1 duo of Juli Raventos and Linda Shin (No. 2 Northeast) picked up the other 8-6 win with their decision over junior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and sophomore Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.). Williams made it 2-1 going into singles with an 8-4 win at No. 3.
Playing at No. 2, Tzeng and her opponent, Mia Gancayco (No. 7 Northeast), split their first two sets with Tzeng taking the first, 6-4, and Gancayco winning the second by the same score. Tzeng, ranked No. 11 in the Northeast, then bounced back in the decisive third set, putting another point on the board for the Engineers with a 10-5 win.
At No. 1 Kohrs (No. 5 Northeast) and Raventos (No. 1 Northeast) played in a close match, with Raventos holding off Kohrs by a 6-4, 7-5 decision. Junior Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) came close to Atkinson in the first set of her match at No. 4 before falling, 7-6, 6-1. Senior Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas) won a total of five games in her No. 5 match and junior Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) won four in her contest at No. 6, but could not come up with enough to overcome their opponents as Williams won the remaining matches in straight sets.
MIT will play again tomorrow when it plays at No. 38 Vassar College beginning at Noon.