Cambridge, Mass. – In a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference women's tennis match between a pair of teams yet to lose a conference contest, it was MIT that came out on top with a 9-0 win over Babson College. The Engineers improved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference, while the Beavers suffered their first loss of the season, falling to 7-1 and 3-1 in the NEWMAC.
In doubles competition all three matches were closely contested, but in the end MIT came out on top in all three. The Engineers won at No. 1 by an 8-4 score and No 2 by an 8-5 margin. The closest of the three came at No. 3 where the pairing of freshen Juana Becerra (Bucaramanga, Colombia) and Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) made it a clean sweep with an 8-6 win over Monica Mercer and Ashley Lake.
Sophomore Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) got things started for MIT in singles play, getting past Alex Freeman in the No. 1 flight, 6-2, 6-3. MIT went on to take three other singles matches in straight sets to clinch the win and keep the Engineers unblemished in conference play.
Babson made a bid to get on the scoreboard in a pair of matches, only to be denied by MIT. Rebecca Stone took her first set in the No. 3 match, only to see senior Anastasia Vishnevetsky (Orange, Conn.) bounce back to take a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 win. In No. 6 singles Becerra and Mercer also went to three sets. Becerra won the first, 6-2, before Mercer came back in the second, 6-2. In the deciding third set it was Becerra that came back to win 6-2 to claim the final point of the night for the Engineers.
MIT will take a break from NEWMAC play this weekend when it will participate in the ITA Northeast Regional competition that will be hosted by Bates College. Babson will return home for its next action, hosting Wheaton College on Oct 4 at 3:30 p.m.