CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Some of the best women's tennis players in the New England region were on the MIT campus this weekend as the Engineers hosted the 2012 USTA/ITA Division III Regional Championship. Included in the group were four players representing MIT. Junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) reached the Round of 16 in both singles and doubles play to lead the Engineers contingent.
Quisenberry, who was one of the 9-16 seeds in the singles bracket, started the tournament off with an impressive win over another player from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference, Erica Choo of Wellesley College. Quisenberry blanked her opponent, 6-0, 6-0, to move on to the second round. There she faced off against Safi Aly from Amherst College. After a 6-1 win in the first set, Quisenberry held off Aly in the second set, 7-6 (5) to advance to the Round of 16. The only NEWMAC player to advance that far in the bracket, she faced No. 3 seed Nancy Worley from Williams College. Worley won the first set, 6-3, and was ahead 2-0 in the second when Quisenberry retired from the match, ending her run.
MIT had two other players in the singles bracket, but each was eliminated in the first round. Sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) had a tough draw for her first round match, No. 2 seed Kara Shoemaker from Williams, who captured a 6-3, 6-4 win. Freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) was the other singles player for the Engineers, falling to Gaby Suriano from Clark University in a hard fought three-set contest, 6-7, 6-2, 10-8.
In doubles play Quisenberry and Tam scored a first round victory for the Engineers, taking an 8-2 decision over Freeman/Whitaker of Babson. Reaching the Round of 16, the pair fell to one of the No. 5-8 seeded teams, Newman/Pangalos from Amherst in an 8-4 decision. Kong teamed up with junior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) as MIT's other doubles entry, with the duo falling to Granger/Lee from Wellesley, 8-3.
MIT will move back to NEWMAC conference play next week when it plays at defending NEWMAC champion Wellesley on Tuesday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m.