MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Playing a top-10 team for the second time in a week, the MIT women's tennis team travelled to Middlebury College today for a non-conference match between nationally ranked teams. After a close battle in doubles, the No. 6 Panthers won five of the six singles matches to claim a 7-2 win over the No. 17 Engineers.
Middlebury (3-0) took the No. 3 doubles match, 8-2, to score the first point of the day. MIT (11-2) came back to tie the match with a close win at No. 1 doubles where the Engineers' team of seniors Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) scored a 9-7 win over Ria Gerger/Kaysee Orozco. In the No. 2 match the MIT team of freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) were down 0-7, before nearly coming all the way back in a close 9-8 loss to Alexandra Fields/Jennifer Sundstrom.
MIT could not get back into the match in singles play, where Middlebury won the first five decisions in straight sets to claim the victory. The Panthers clinched the win when Margot Marchese defeated Tam, 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 4 match. The Engineers did pick up one win in singles as freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) stormed back after dropping the first set to take a 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 win over Sadie Shackelford in the No. 6 match.
MIT will not play again until April 4 when the Engineers will play their first match at the Nor'Easter Bowl that is hosted by Wellesley College.