CLAREMONT, Calif. – Freshman Lauren Quisenberry ended a phenomenal rookie season on the MIT women's tennis team by earning a trip to the NCAA Individual Singles Championships this week. The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete and Rookie of the Year fought hard but fell in her first match of the tournament 7-5, 7-6 to Ellen Yeatman of Washington and Lee.
Quisenberry ends a campaign that saw her go a perfect 20-0 in dual matches, playing each time in the first singles position. She also went 17-3 in first doubles play, pairing with Julia Hsu in the fall and Candace Wu in a spring season in which MIT went a perfect 11-0. Quisenberry was voted the co-MVP of the team, along with senior Melissa Diskin.
This is the fifth consecutive year that the MIT women's tennis team has sent a representative to the NCAA Individual tournament, and the ninth time overall. The most recent was the three-year run of Leslie Hansen who got to the quarterfinals last season before falling to eventual champion Julia Browne of Tufts University. MIT has also sent three teams of doubles to the individual championships, including the tandem of the Mealani Nakamura and Kelly Koskelin that reached the semifinals in 1998-99.
The MIT women's team finished their season 16-4 overall after winning eleven straight spring matches and sprung to a 22nd overall ranking in the country. They amassed a 5-2 conference record and reached the NEWMAC semi-finals for the 12th consecutive year before falling to Wellesley by a 5-2 score.