March 7, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's tennis team was defeated by Bates College, 5-4, in a hard-fought battle on Saturday. With the loss, the Engineers' record dropped to 8-4 on the year.
The No. 3 doubles tandem of Jusleen Karve and Jill Konowich notched the first decision of the day with an 8-3 loss. Serena Lin and Mariah Hoover fell to a very hard-hitting duo, 8-4, in the top spot. Joanna MacKay and Elaine Ni earned Tech's first point of the match with an 8-5 win. They established a 6-1 lead, and despite a small lapse, the No. 2 team put together a strong finish for the victory.
In singles, Hoover evened the contest at two by taking a 6-2, 6-3 win in the No. 3 slot. In the next position, Yi Wang fell to a formidable foe, 7-5, 6-3. At first singles, Lin could not convert on multiple set points in the first set and lost 7-6 (6), 6-1. Ni was engaged in the longest battle of the day in the No. 2 spot, but could not pull out the win as she lost 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. The Bobcats clinched the match at this point as they went up 5-2. MIT continued to attack as Konowich disposed of her No. 6 opponent, 6-3, 6-4. Emily Chen captured the final point for the Engineers by winning a very tight match, 7-5, 3-6, 11-9.