May 23, 2013

Quisenberry Wins First Match, Drops Second at NCAA Championships

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Making her second career appearance at the NCAA Division III Tennis Championships, junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) picked up her first-ever victory in the Individual Championships with an opening round win this morning at Kalamazoo College. Advancing to the Round of 16, she was then ousted from the tournament in a hard fought, three-set match. Quisenberry is the third MIT women's tennis player to win a match at the NCAA Individual Championships. 

Quisenberry had a tough draw in her first match as she had to face the No. 4 seed in the tournament in Megan Tang of the University of Chicago. She wasted little time in pulling off the upset, however, knocking Tang out of the tournament with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

Moving on to the Round of 16, Quisenberry came up against Beatrice Rosen of Emory University. Quisenberry came up big in the first set, taking a 6-0 win. Things tightened up considerably in the second set, however, and Rosen evened things out with a tight, 7-6, decision to send the match to a third set. There Quisenberry was only able to get one game off Rosen, as she fell 6-1 to end her season.

It was just the fourth loss of the season for Quisenberry, who finishes the 2012-13 season with a 19-4 record in singles play. She joins Mealani Nakamura '00 and Lesley Hansen '10 as the MIT women's tennis players who have won matches at the NCAA Individual Championships.