Women’s Tennis Defeats Smith College, Score 8-1

On Saturday, the MIT women’s tennis team defeated Smith College 8-1. After a few inconvenient delays, MIT arrived at Smith ready to play. First on court were the doubles matches, beginning with Leslie A. Hansen ’10 and Anastasia Vishnevetsky ’12, who quickly defeated their opponents 8-0. Following closely on their heels was the team of seniors Karina N. Pikhart ’09 and Yi Wang ’09, who finished their opponents off with another decisive 8-0 score.

Next were the exhibition matches. Alexandria C. Hall ’12 and Jennifer A. Rees ’11 defeated their opponents 8-4; Kerry R. Weinberg ’10 and Jenny C. Dohlman ’11 won 8-3. This left the team of Melissa A. Diskin ’11 and Anisa K. McCree ’10 front and center. The points went back and forth with neither side easily yielding. In the end, Diskin and McCree lost 9-7. MIT led 2-1 going into the singles matches.

The idea of the day for singles was “Have fun.” With the beautiful sunny day to help, the team did just that. Hansen destroyed her opponent 6-0, 6-0, finishing first. Vishnevetsky defeated her opponent soon afterwards with a decisive score of 6-0, 6-1. Pikhart soon followed, finishing her match 6-0, 6-1. Pikhart and McCree were the only MIT players with fans in attendance; their parents were visiting from California and Massachusetts respectively.

Weinberg and Dohlman also finished up quickly, finishing their opponents 6-0, 6-0 and 8-3. Diskin finished next, winning her match 6-1, 6-1. Rees was the next player off the court, finishing her match 6-2, 6-1. Next was McCree, who won her match 6-0, 6-4. Hall was the next to finish, winning a closer match of 6-4, 6-1. Wang was one of the last ones on court, but she won her match 6-1, 6-2. Emily J. Onufer ’10 was left front and center, falling in the end 8-1.