CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For a fourth straight year the MIT women's tennis program has seen its incoming freshman class of student-athletes ranked among the top-10 in the nation, with the class of 2018 ranked No. 8 in the nation in Division III by TennisRecruiting.net. MIT is one of just eight teams nationally to have its recruiting classes ranked in every year the poll has been published. The highly regarded class of five will join an Engineer squad that won the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, advanced to the third round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Tournament and finished the season with a national ranking of No. 13.
"I am really looking forward to welcoming Dora, Cindy, Jae Hyun, Sonya, and Rena to the MIT Tennis family," said MIT Head Coach Carol Matsuzaki. "They are all great tennis players as shown by their collective national recruiting class ranking, and they'll be joining a strong group of returning players. I cannot wait to see what we can do as a team through hard work, being in the learning mindset every day, and team chemistry."
MIT Women's Tennis 2014-15 Freshman Class
Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn., St. Paul Academy/Summit School): Two-time Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) state singles champion … four-time MVP … six all-conference awards … twice selected as team captain … also participated in track and field … varsity debate captain … independent research at the University of Minnesota's Lillehei Heart Institute … National Merit Commended.
Jae Hyun Kim (Seoul, South Korea, Seoul Foreign School): Four-time Asia-Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) All-Tournament … four-time Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference (KAIAC) All-Tournament & MVP … four KAIAC All-Conference awards … three-time Stars & Stripe Fall Athlete and team MVP … career record of 87-2 … four APAC and KAIAC Tournament 1st singles championships ('10-'13) … also played basketball and badminton … National Honor Society … Student Council representative … clarinet section leader in wind ensemble … National Honor Society junior liaison … Valedictorian … National Merit Finalist … Scholastic Writing Award Regional Gold Key … Joan Underwood Memorial Award for English … Science, Social Studies and English Awards … Korean Heritage Award.
Cindy Liu (Claremont, Calif., Claremont High School): First team all-conference player … Sierra League Doubles champions (2013) … singles finalist (2012) … doubles finalist (2011) … CIF-SS team semifinals (2013) … CIF-SS individuals doubles round of 16 (2013) … best national ranking 170 (4-star) … National Honor Society … California Scholarship Federation (CSF) … President of NHS, CSF, and Math & Science Club … Science Olympiad team co-captain … National Merit Scholarship.
Rena Liu (Oak Hill, Va., Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology): Virginia Northern Region Champion in 2014 … all-conference … Washington Post All-Metropolitan … National Honor Society … Class of 2014 Historian … 2014 Siemens Competition Semi-Finalist.
Dora Tzeng (Freemont, Calif., The Harker School): Ranked in the top-20 in NorCal … twice named first team All- WBAL … MVP … team captain … Senior Student Council Vice President.