SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Playing on the road for the second time in its last three matches, the MIT women's tennis team kept its record perfect for the 2013-14 season as it took a 9-0 decision from Mount Holyoke College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match. Junior Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) won in straight sets in singles play to clinch the win for the Engineers as they improved to 4-0.
In the opening doubles matches it was the No. 3 team for MIT (4-0, 4-0 NEWMAC) that put the first point on the board as the duo of Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) did not allow a game to their opponents in an 8-0 win. Mount Holyoke (3-4, 1-3 NEWMAC) was able to win games in the Nos. 1 and 2 matches, but not enough to grab a point as the No. 1 MIT team of senior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and senior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) and the No. 2 pairing of sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) and freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) both won by 8-3 scores to put the Engineers up 3-0.
Quisenberry picked up the next point for MIT in singles play, scoring a 6-0, 6-1 over senior AnnElizabeth Konkel (Camp Hill, Pa.) in the No. 1 match. Kong then put the clinching fifth point up on the board for the Engineers in the No. 6 contest with her 6-0, 6-1 decision over senior Kelsey Brower (Tuckerton, N.J.).
MIT went on to win the remaining singles matches, all in straight sets, to capture all of the points in the match. Kohrs and Lai both dropped just two games in their matches; with Kohrs taking a 6-1, 6-1 win in her No. 2 match and Lai a 6-2, 6-0 triumph at No. 4. Freshman Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) held off senior Eman Malik (Karachi, Pakistan) in the No. 5 contest by a 6-4, 6-4 score and sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) took a 6-4, 6-1 decision at No. 3 to complete the scoring.
MIT will stay with NEWMAC play in its next outing as it plays at Babson College on Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Mount Holyoke will play on Tuesday as well, hosting NEWMAC foe Smith College at 5:00 p.m.