CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the final conference match of the season, the MIT women's tennis team kept its record perfect with a 9-0 victory over Smith College at the DuPont Tennis courts this afternoon. With the win MIT claimed both the regular season conference championship and the No. 1 seed in next week's NEWMAC Women's Tennis Tournament.
MIT (8-1, 7-0 NEWMAC) took a quick 2-0 lead in the match with quick victories at both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, surrendering just one game combined in the two matches. A battle developed in the No. 3 match, however, as the MIT team of senior Caitlin Pomeroy (Cape Elizabeth, Maine.) and freshman Choah Kim (Belmont, Mass.) battled the Smith team of sophomores Seema Samawi (Damascus, Syria.) and Andrea Tanco (Veracruz, Mexico). After a tight battle the Engineer team finally prevailed by an 8-6 margin to complete the sweep of the doubles matches.
MIT wrapped up the team decision with identical 6-0, 6-0 wins in the first two singles matches decided. Freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) picked up the first singles point, defeating Samawi in the No. 3 match before sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) scored the fifth and deciding point with her victory over sophomore Jordan Dubin (Southampton, N.Y.).
Two other matches were also decided by 6-0, 6-0 scores, with junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) blanking her opponent in the No. 1 match and freshman Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.) doing the same in the No. 5 contest. Freshman Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas) delivered a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4 for the Engineers.
Smith (0-7, 0-7 NEWMAC) put up a strong battle in the final match to be decided at No. 6. Pomeroy and freshman Victoria von Saucken (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) wound up going to a tie break in the first set, with Pomeroy persevering, 7-6 (5). Pomeroy then went on to take the final set, 6-3, to complete the MIT sweep.
With the win MIT clinched the No. 1 seed at next week's NEWMAC Women's Tennis Championship that will be hosted by Wheaton College. The Engineers will play the winner of the matchup between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds on Saturday, October 27 at 12:00 p.m.