Women’s tennis loses to Tufts, but beats Mt. Holyoke 7-2

Quisenberry provides Engineers’ lone point against Tufts with upset of defending national champion

This past Thursday, MIT women’s tennis visited Tufts. They put up a good effort, but were overwhelmed by their opponents, losing by an overall score of 8-1.

First up in the match were the doubles matches. The teams of Hillary E. Jenny ’12 and Jennifer A. Rees ’11, and Jenny C. Dohlman ’11 and Sonya Makhni ’11 were both shut out, losing to their opponents 8-0. Next off was the number one team of Lauren C. Quisenberry ’14 and Julia C. Hsu ’14, who lost their tough match 8-4. Last to finish was the team of Melissa A. Diskin ’11 and Katherine A. O’Neal ’14. They had a close match, with both teams attacking the net. In the end they lost 8-6, leaving MIT down 0-3 going into the singles matches. First off were Jenny and Dohlman, playing number five and six singles, respectively, both losing 6-1, 6-0.

Next off was Diskin, who lost her match 6-1, 6-1. Hsu was off next. She lost her match 6-1, 6-3, and O’Neal closely followed. O’Neal had a close first set but lost the match 6-4, 6-1. The last match on was that of Quisenberry, who was matched up against Tufts senior Julia Browne, the defending Division III national champion. Quisenberry lost the first set but the took the second set in the tiebreak. She then took the third set tiebreak to beak the defending champion 2-6, 7-6 (4), 10-5, ending with the only MIT win. In exhibition, Rees lost 6-0, 6-0, and Makhni lost 8-1. Pomeroy played twice but ended up losing both 8-0.

On Saturday, MIT sought to bounce back from its defeat against Mt. Holyoke. Once again, the match started with the doubles matches. Quisenberry and Hsu were the first ones off, winning their match with a decisive 8-2 score. Next off was O’Neal and Diskin who pulled out their match with an 8-5 win. The team of Jenny and Dohlman came off next, also winning their match 8-5. In exhibition Makhni and Pomeroy were defeated in a close match 8-6, MIT had a 3-0 lead over Mt. Holyoke going into the singles matches.

In singles, first off was Quisenberry with a quick win of 6-0, 6-1. Then, Hsu finished winning with a decisive 6-1, 6-2. O’Neal was the next one off with a win of 6-2, 6-1. Jenny finished next but lost her match 6-3, 6-1, and Diskin lost 6-3, 6-3. Rees played a close match but managed to pull out the win, 4-6, 6-4, 10-1. In the end, MIT defeated Mt. Holyoke 7-2, leaving MIT with a season of 4-1. They next face Wellesley College on Tuesday, October 5.