- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (DuPont Tennis Courts)
- Score: No. 13 MIT 6, No. 14 Bowdoin 3
- Records: No. 13 MIT (9-1); No. 14 Bowdoin (7-8)
- The Lead: On Friday afternoon, the No. 13 MIT women's tennis team defeated No. 14 ranked Bowdoin College by a 6-3 final to defeat the Polar Bears for the first time since the 2006 season. In addition, the victory was the 250th career win for MIT head coach Carol Matsuzaki as her career mark is now 250-116 overall.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT started out strong in doubles as the Engineers captured the No. 1 and No. 3 matches by scores of 8-3 and 8-4, respectively. At the No. 2 spot, the Bowdoin team of Viv Daniel and Rachel Bercovitch defeated MIT's Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) and Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) by an 8-3 margin.
- In singles, MIT took two matches by straight sets, including a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 1 by senior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) over Tess Trinka. Junior Kelly Zhu (Pearland, Texas) also won in straight sets for MIT, defeating Bercovitch 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 3 spot. Sasa Jovanovic of Bowdoin also won in straight sets, defeating freshman Marina Zhang (Garnet Valley, Pa.) 6-3, 6-1 for the rookie's first dual match loss of the season.
- The Engineers also claimed a pair of three-set victories as freshman Libby Rickeman (Wayzata, Minn.) topped Tasha Christ by a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 final in the No. 2 spot. Tzeng was also victorious in three sets at No. 4 as she rallied from a set down to Izzy Essi for the 6-2, 7-6, 6-1 win.
- MIT resumes NEWMAC play on Saturday, April 14th as the Engineers host Smith College for a Noon start.