- Location: Middlebury, Vt. (Proctor Tennis Courts/Nelson Recreation Center)
- The Lead: Led by first-year Sarah Pertsemlidis (Coppell, Texas) advancing to the semifinals of the singles bracket, the No. 9 ranked MIT women's tennis team competed at the 2019 ITA New England Regional Championship at Middlebury. With six singles entries and three doubles teams, this marked the most ITA qualifiers for the Engineers in program history.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN SINGLES ACTION:
- Junior Libby Rickeman (Wayzata, Minn.), who was seeded eighth, advanced into the round of 16 with straight-set wins over Fleming Landau of Bowdoin and Selina Peng of Wellesley. Pertsemlidis joined Rickeman in the round of 16 as she defeated Yashu Yang of Colby-Sawyer and Libby Chang of Wellesley in straight sets. Pertsemlidis is among those ranked 9-16.
- Rickeman advanced to the quarterfinals with an incredible rally in a three-set win over Diana Dehterevich of Brandeis. Rickeman dropped by first set by a 6-3 margin before taking the final two sets by 7-6 (7), 10-4 scores. She did fall to Serim Jin of Wesleyan in the quarters though in a 6-3, 6-4 final.
- At the bottom of the bracket, Pertsemlidis marched into the semifinals with a pair of straight-set victories. After defeating Maggie Owensby of Amherst, 6-1, 6-3, she defeated No. 2 seeded Venia Yeung of Wesleyan in a 6-4, 4-0 (ret.) final. Yeung was the national runner-up last season at the NCAA Individual National Championship.
- In the semifinals, Pertsemlidis dropped a narrow 7-5, 7-6 (4) to Katie Fleischman of Wesleyan as Fleischman went on to fall to Serim Jin of Wesleyan in the singles championship.
A LOOK INSIDE THE DOUBLES BRACKETS:
- Sophomore Viktoriya Tabunshchyk (Burlington, Canada) and Duke advanced into the round of 16 with an 8-1 victory over Isabelle Garvanne and Galindo Cerrado of Wheaton.
- The team of Rickeman and Pertsemlidis dropped an 8-7 final in a tiebreak to Kristina Yu and Henderson of Wesleyan, while senior Lara Rakocevic (Portland, Ore.) and Perera fell 8-4 to Heather Boehm and Maddi Stow from Middlebury.
- In the second round, Tabunshchyk and Duke met No. 2 seeded Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger of Middlebury and dropped an 8-7 (3) final.
- The Engineers close out the 2019 fall season on October 11-13 as the team travels to the NEWITT Tournament, which will be hosted by Smith College and Mount Holyoke College.