Women’s tennis wins 8-1 vs Clark

his past Saturday, the MIT women’s tennis team visited Clark University, and left with a dominating 8-1 victory. The Engineers’ doubles teams started strong. Both the number one team of Lauren C. Quisenberry ’14 and Julia C. Hsu ’14 and the number two team of Melissa aA. Diskin ’11 and Katharine A. O’Neal ’14 won their sets 8-2, giving MIT a quick 2-0 overall lead. Then, the doubles exhibition match of Hillary E. Jenny ’12 and Caitlin R. Pomeroy ’13, who won of 8-3. Next off was the third doubles team of Jenny C. Dohlman ’11 and Jennifer A. Rees ’11, who came back from a 2-4 deficit to win the match 8-6. This sweep in doubles gave MIT 3-0 lead going into the singles matches.

In singles, Quisenberry won 6-4, 6-3, and Hsu won 6-1, 6-0 — effectively shutting her opponent out — to seal the victory for MIT. Afterwards, O’Neal won 6-2, 6-2 and Disking defeated her opponent in a close match 7-6 (13-11), 6-1. Jenny had the first loss of the day in split set match, barely losing in the tie break 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (14-12). Rees defeated her opponent 6-4, 6-2. In exhibition, Dohlman won 6-2, 6-1. Makhni played two matches. In the first she lost 8-4, but in her second match she won with a decisive 6-3, 6-3. Pomeroy also won her match 6-3, 6-1.

After the match, Quisenberry was named the NEWMAC Player of the Week, the third straight week she has earned the honor.

The next match MIT women’s tennis played this week was Babson, whom they had lost to last year. The match started off again with doubles. First off to the courts was the team of Diskin and O’Neal, who lost their match 8-3. They were closely followed by Quisenberry and Hsu defeating their opponents 8-3, tying the score at 1-1. The team of Rees and Jenny was the last one doubles match on. It was a tough match, but they lost 8-6, giving Babson the 2-1 lead going into the singles matches. In exhibition, Makhni and Pomeroy defeated their opponents, also by a score of 8-3.

In Singles, Quisenberry beat her opponent 6-1, 6-0 to tie the score at two matches apiece. Then Diskin came off with a loss of 6-0, 6-3, putting Babson in the lead again. O’Neal had a close match at three but defeated her opponent with a decisive score of 6-3, 6-1, once again tying the score. Hsu had a close match but pulled it out in three sets with a score of 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-0, bringing MIT into the lead for the first time in the match. Jenny had a close match but lost 6-4, 6-1, once again tying up the match at 4-4. Last on in the rubber match was Rees, who had been dropped the first set 6-1. In the end, Rees pulled out the match winning in three sets with an over all score of 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, giving MIT the win 5-4 over Babson. In exhibition Pomery defeated her opponent 8-2, while Makhni lost in a close match 9-7.

With the two wins, MIT remains undefeated on the season, their record now 3-0. The Engineers next face Mount Holyoke College at home on Saturday.