WORCESTER, Mass. – With a sweep of the doubles matches to start off the day, the MIT women's tennis team rode the momentum of the sweep to a 7-2 victory over Clark University this afternoon. Junior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) picked up wins in doubles and singles for the Engineers, including the match-clinching singles victory, the second straight match she has delivered the clinching win.
After the No. 3 team of sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) and freshman Meghana Vasireddy (Golden Valley, Minn.) got things off to an impressive start with an 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles, the Engineers went on to take the rest of the doubles matches to take the quick 3-0 advantage. The closest match came at No. 1 where Hsu and freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) defeated Gaby Suriano and Phoebe Hughes, 8-4.
MIT (5-1, 4-0 NEWMAC) quickly finished off the team win with victories in the first two singles matches decided. Freshman Ava Soleimany (Newport Beach, Calif.) took the first singles match for the Engineers, blanking Marta Ziemer, 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 5 match. Hsu then wrapped up the win for MIT with a 6-4, 6-2 over Sarah Sachs at No. 2.
Freshman Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.) made it 6-0 in MIT's favor with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Hughes. Clark (5-7, 0-4 NEWMAC) picked up its first point when Kera Snyder took a 6-2, 6-3 2 win over sophomore Nina Yang (Tualatin, Ore.) in the No. 6 match. Vasireddy picked up MIT's other win, taking the No. 3 contest by a 6-4, 6-2 score over Maggie Swann. Suriano defeated Kong in the No. 1 singles match, taking the 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 decision.
MIT will put its prefect NEWMAC record on the line at Babson on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Clark will travel to Mount Holyoke in its next match.