MEDFORD, Mass. – It was a close one between cross-town rivals in women's tennis as MIT made the short trip over to Tufts University for an afternoon, non-conference match with the Jumbos. In the end it was Tufts that came away with the close, 5-4, victory in its first match of the season. MIT fell to 2-1 with the loss. Senior Candace Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) picked up wins in both doubles and singles for the Engineers.
It was close early in the match featuring a pair of teams that finished last season nationally ranked (MIT was No. 30 and Tufts No. 14) as the teams battled in doubles play. Tufts won the opening point with an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles before MIT bounced back to tie things up when the No. 2 team of Wu and junior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) downed Sophie Schonfeld/Samantha Gann by an 8-6 final. The Jumbos then edged back into the lead with another close one, a 9-7 win at No. 3.
In singles play Tufts stretched its lead out to 3-1 after a win by Lauren Hollender over sophomore Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) in the No. 5 match. Junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) brought the Engineers back to within a point when she scored a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 1 over Lindsay Katz. The Jumbos then picked up another pair of straight sets wins in the Nos. 4 and 6 flights to clinch the team win.
MIT was not through scoring points, however, as Wu came back from a set down to defeat Shelci Bowman, 5-7, 6-4, 12-10 in the No. 3 match. Sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) finished off the contest in her No. 2 matchup with Samantha Gann, taking a 6-4, 7-5 decision.
MIT will return to conference play on Saturday when it hosts New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference foe Mount Holyoke at 1:00 p.m. Tufts will play again on Saturday as well, hosting Brandeis at 10:00 a.m.