CLAREMONT, Calif. – On its trip to California, the MIT women's tennis team took on one of the nation's best in #9 ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripts on Tuesday afternoon. The Engineers scored a pair of singles wins, but the Athenas took the remaining matches to score a 7-2 victory and hand MIT just its second loss this season.
Both of MIT's singles victories came in come-from-behind style, as both players rebounded from first set losses to claim their wins. Freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), playing at No. 3, dropped her first set to Caroline Ward, 6-2, but came back strong in the second set to rally to a 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 win. It was her 10th singles win of the season. Another MIT freshman, Meghana Vasireddy (Golden Valley, Minn.), saw her match at No. 6 against Yvonne Likomanova also stay close all the way. After falling 7-5 in the first set, she claimed a close second set that ended up going to a tie break, 7-6 (6) to even the match. The third set was just as competitive as the first two, with the pair battling back-and-forth until Vasireddy persevered, 14-12, to claim the match.
MIT (12-2) was close to claiming points in a pair of doubles matches as well. In the No. 1 contest the Engineers pair of junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Tam put up a strong effort against the Claremont-Mudd-Scripts (14-0) duo of Kristin Lim and Abby Hayley before falling 8-5. Things were even closer in the No. 2 match where senior Candace Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) battled with Chloe Dobbert and Sarah Kukino all the way to the end in a 9-7 win for the Athenas.
MIT will conclude its trip to the Golden State with a match on Wednesday at Caltech. The Engineers and Beavers will square off at 10:30 a.m. Pacific at Caltech.