Quisenberry, Tam Highlight 2012 NEWMAC Women’s Tennis Awards
BABSON PARK, Mass. – After winning the 2012 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Championship on Sunday, the MIT women's tennis team was well represented on the 2012 All-Conference teams released by the league today. Topping the list was junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) who was selected as the NEWMAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year, the second time she has won the award. Freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) was named the Freshman of the Year and Head Coach Carol Matsuzaki was selected as the Coach of the Year. In all MIT led the NEWMAC with nine all-conference selections.
Quisenberry, who earned her previous Athlete of the Year award as a freshman, was also a first team All-NEWMAC pick at No. 1 singles where she was undefeated at 5-0. She also teamed with Tam to earn first team honors at No. 1 doubles, with the pairing going 4-0 in conference play.
Also getting first team All-NEWMAC nods were junior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) and sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.). Hsu was the first team pick at No. 6 while Kong was the selection at No. 2. In addition to the No. 1 doubles team of Quisenberry and Tam, MIT saw its other two doubles teams get first team honors, giving the Engineers a sweep of the first team doubles selections. At No. 2 it was the pairing of senior Candace Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Hsu, with the No. 3 team of sophomore Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.) also garnering first team honors.
MIT also had three second team All-NEWMAC picks in singles. Tam was picked in the No. 4 position, Dutt was selected for her play at No. 5 and Wu received the nod at the No. 3 singles slot.
Matsuzaki earned Coach of the Year honors after leading MIT to its first conference title since 2002 and fourth overall. She has guided the team to a 10-1 overall record during the fall campaign, including the perfect 7-0 record in NEWMAC play. It is the fifth time that Matsuzaki has been selected as the NEWMAC Coach of the Year.