No. 22 MIT Splits With No. 1 Emory and No. 40 Vassar

No. 22 MIT Splits With No. 1 Emory and No. 40 Vassar

THE BASICS:

- No. 1 Emory 8, No. 22 MIT 1; No. 22 MIT 7, No. 40 Vassar 2

- Records: MIT (12-6), Emory (9-4), Vassar (14-3)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (duPont Tennis Courts)

- The Lead: On Saturday, the No. 22 ranked MIT women's tennis took on No. 1 Emory University and No. 40 Vassar College in a pair of matches at the duPont Tennis Courts. The Engineers dropped an 8-1 final to Emory, followed by a 7-2 win over Vassar.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
vs. Emory

- Emory picked up all three doubles points over the Engineers, including an 8-6 final at the No. 1 spot. At No. 1, MIT's Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) and sophomore Kelly Zhu (Pearland, Texas) took on Bridget Harding and Katarina Su, who are ranked as the No. 1 doubles team in the nation. The Eagles also boast the No. 12 ranked doubles team nationally, while three singles players are ranked among the top 50 in the country.

- At No. 6 singles, junior Rena Liu (Oak Hill, Va.) defeated Elaine Vernoff by a 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 final to earn a point for the Engineers. Tzeng fell at No. 1 to Harding in three sets as well (2-6, 6-0, 7-6), while freshman Sharlene Song (Arcadia, Calif.) fell in three sets to No. 48 ranked Paula Castro.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
vs. Vassar

- MIT took two of three points in doubles, including an 8-0 shutout at No. 3 by Liu and freshman Effie Jia (San Ramon, Calif.). The Engineers also took five of six singles points, with all five of those coming in straight sets. Vassar's Kate Christensen earned their lone point at No. 1 as she defeated Tzeng by a 5-7, 6-4, 10-6 final. MIT's most convincing win came at No. 4 singles as freshman Serena Le (Aiea, Hawaii) defeated Morgane Flournoy 6-2, 6-0.

- MIT has now faced eight straight nationally-ranked opponents, including five in the top 10. This also marks the sixth straight nationally-ranked opponent of the spring season and fourth straight top-10 matchup.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Friday, April 21st as the Engineers travel to No. 9 ranked Middlebury College for a 2 p.m. start.

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