WELLESLEY, Mass. – It was a close one today at the Nor'Easter Bowl for the MIT women's tennis team. Taking on Bates College it came down to a deciding third set in the No. 1 singles match. It was Bates that came up with the key victory and the win in the match, taking a hard-fought, 5-4 win over the Engineers.
As it did in its first match at the Bowl, MIT (8-6) picked up one win in doubles play at the No. 2 position with the team of sophomore Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) and freshman Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.). The duo scored the point with an 8-3 win over Ashley Brunk/Nicole Russell.
Hsu and Kong continued their strong play in singles action. Playing at No. 3, Kong took an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win over Jacqui Holmes to put another point on the board. Hsu was also strong at No. 4 where she triumphed over Erika Blauth by a 6-2, 6-1 score.
Freshman Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) was also a winner in singles play, going three sets to pick up her win over Meg Anderson in the No. 2 match. After taking the first set, Dunn saw her opponent edge her in a close second set. She then came back in the third to take a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory. In the No. 1 match Anastasia Vishnevetsky (Orange, Conn.) went up by a set in her match with Elena Mandzhukova only to see her opponent come from behind to take a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win.
MIT will play its final match of the Bowl tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. against the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez.