Lewiston, Maine – Sophomore Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) turned in a strong performance at the ITA New England Regional Women's Tennis Championships this weekend. She advanced to the quarterfinal round before getting bumped from the bracket in a three-set match. Quisenberry was one of five players representing MIT at the prestigious tournament.
Quisenberry started the tournament off with a pair of straight sets victories to move to the quarterfinal round. She opened against Tess Perese of Colby and took a 6-2, 6-2 win. In the second round her opponent was Allyson Bernstein of Brandeis and the result was the same, a 6-2, 6-2 victory. On Saturday in her semifinal match with Tori Aiello from Middlebury, Quisenberry took a close 7-5 first set before seeing her opponent come back to win the match, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3..
Two other Engineers picked up first-round wins for MIT before bowing out in the second-round. Freshmen Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) took home the victories, with Dutt taking a 6-1, 6-1 win over Maria Pia Sifuentes of Connecticut College and Kong winning 6-0, 6-1 over Nahrhee Han from Mount Holyoke. Sophomore Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) also played in the singles bracket for MIT, but fell in her first-round match.
MIT also had a doubles team in action at the tournament. The tandem of Quisenberry and Hsu took an 8-4 decision over Freeman/Whittaker from Babson to move into the quarterfinal round. There the Engineers faced the team of Worley/Shoemaker from Williams, with the Williams squad coming away with an 8-3 win.
MIT will move back to NEWMAC conference play next week when it hosts Wellesley College in a showdown for first-place in the conference standings. The match will take place on Tuesday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m.