Sept. 26, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - This past weekend, Mariah Hoover, Serena Lin, Joanna MacKay, and Elaine Ni represented MIT at the ITA Division III Women's New England Championship hosted by Bowdoin College. The doubles tandem of Hoover and Lin had the best showing for the Engineers by advancing to the semifinals. The last time Tech was in the top four was in 1992 when Sue Bach and Hana Ohkawa were semifinalists in the No. 1 doubles bracket and Pratina Rao and head coach Carol Matsuzaki were the No. 3 champions.
Hoover and Lin started the tournament by knocking off Jenna Mezin and Hali Walther (Wellesley), the No. 1 team in New England, 8-6. They quickly defeated Tracy Nale and Ginny Raho (Colby), 8-1, and then outlasted Becky Bram and Lisa Miller (Tufts) for an 8-6 win. Hoover and Lin's run ended with an 8-3 loss to Elizabeth Emery and Amy Roche of Middlebury College in the semifinals.
MacKay and Ni also did some damage in the doubles bracket as they posted an 8-3 first-round victory over Derby McDermott and Jamie Weiss (Wheaton). In their next match, MacKay and Ni fell to Cary Gibson and Annie Hancock (Williams), 8-6.
In the singles bracket, Lin, seeded No. 7, defeated Brenna Driscoll (Trinity), 6-1, 6-4. She then posted a 6-0, 0-6, 10-0 victory over Rachel Ghorban (Wesleyan) before falling to Alexandra Maclennan (Williams), 7-5, 6-4. Hoover and Ni both lost their opening matches. Hoover was defeated by Ania Prenata (Wesleyan), 3-6, 6-3, 10-2, and Ni lost to Amy Berkman (Middlebury), 7-6, 6-0.