NORTON, Mass. – For a second straight year the MIT women's tennis team will play for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference championship. The Engineers advanced to tomorrow's final with a 5-0 victory over host Wheaton College in a tournament semifinal match. MIT improved to 9-1 overall with the victory while Wheaton fell to 8-4.
MIT swept through the doubles matches to take a commanding 3-0 lead going into singles play. The Engineers' No. 2 team of senior Candace Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and junior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) scored the first point of the day, blanking the Wheaton team of Morgan Bell and Sarah Crom, 8-0. MIT's No. 3 team of sophomore Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.) then put the next point on the board for the Engineers with an 8-3 win over Caroline DiNicola and Julia Parmakian The MIT sweep was completed when the No. 1 duo of junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) took a convincing 8-1 decision over Lyndsay Cooke and Alexandra Marlowe.
MIT made quick work of the match with two sound victories in singles play. Tam put the Engineers one point away from taking the match with her 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 3 over Morgan Bell. Hsu then decided things with another straight sets victory for MIT, downing DiNicola by the same 6-1, 6-0 score to send MIT into the championship match on Sunday.
MIT will play the winner of the other semifinal match between No. 2 seed Wellesley College and No. 3 seed Babson College tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at the Clark Tennis Courts on the Wheaton campus.