CLAREMONT, Calif. – It was a strong start of the spring season for the No. 22 MIT women's tennis team on Sunday as the Engineers took on a pair of opponents on its spring break trip to California. MIT started with a 7-2 upset over No. 18 Wisconsin-Whitewater and then closed the day with a 9-0 victory over Whitworth. Playing in her home state, sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) was victorious in both of her singles and doubles matches for the Engineers.
Against Wisconsin-Whitewater (11-5) all of the doubles matches were closely contested. The Warhawks took the No. 1 doubles match as Alexandra Bayliss/Jackie Vitale defeated junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas)/ freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) by an 8-6 score. The other two doubles matches went to a tie break; with MIT coming out on top in each to gain a 2-1 lead in the match. At No. 2 the team of senior Candace Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Kong defeated Sydney Divelbiss/Lauren Aguilar, 9-8 (7-2) and at No. 3 the Engineers paring of senior Bianca Dumitrascu (Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania) and sophomore Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) downed Megan Kasten/Erika Williams in another thriller, 9-8 (7-3).
In singles play Quisenberry, Tam, and Kong all scored straight sets victories at Nos. 1, 3, and 4 to give MIT enough points to claim the match. Freshman Meghana Vasireddy (Golden Valley, Minn.) also picked up a straight sets win, defeating Kelly Foster, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 6. Dumitrascu dropped her first set with Aguilar at No. 5 before coming back to take a 2-6, 6-4, 10-3 win to complete the scoring for MIT.
In the second match against Whitworth (5-6), MIT saw all of doubles contests go its way by scores of 8-2. In singles freshman Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas) did not drop a game in her match at No. 6, blanking Calylee Lamm, 6-0, 6-0. Quisenberry scored a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1 over Saryn Mooney, with Kong taking a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Jessi Stelle at No. 2. Also scoring straight sets wins were freshmen Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.) and Meghana Vasireddy (Golden Valley, Minn.). Peters won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 with Vasireddy taking a 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 5. Dutt came back at No. 3 after dropping her first set to Taylor Peña to take a 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 triumph.
MIT, which improved to 12-1 with the two victories, will play again this week in California when it takes on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.