WALTHAM, Mass. – In the opening match of the 2014 Nor'Easter Bowl, the 17th ranked MIT women's tennis team took all the points that were available as the Engineers blanked 30th ranked Bates College, 9-0. The win snapped a two-match losing streak by the Engineers, who improved to 12-2. Bates saw its five-match win streak ended as the Bobcats fell to 6-2.
MIT had no problems in the opening doubles matches, taking the No. 3 contest, 8-1, to score the first point of the day. The Engineers No. 1 team then won 8-2, before the No. 2 team of sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) and freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) took the closest of the three, an 8-3 win over the Bates tandem of Kate Rosenthal and Alexandra Hakausui.
The Engineers stayed on their roll in singles play, taking all six matches in straight sets. Freshman Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) took the first point with her 6-1, 6-1 decision over Lucy Brennan in the No. 2 match. Senior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) then scored the match-deciding fifth point with her 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Rosenthal in the No. 5 matchup.
Junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) scored the next point for MIT with her 6-1, 6-2 win over Olivia Voccola at No. 6. MIT completed the sweep with victories by Kohrs at No. 1, freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) at No. 4 and Tam at No. 3 where she held off a comeback attempt by Kristen Doerer in a 6-2, 7-6 (2) decision.
MIT will move on to the semifinals of the tournament, taking on Trinity College tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Bradneis University.