October 22, 2007

MIT Records Strong Performances at NEWITT Championship

Oct. 22, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In its tune-up before the upcoming NEWMAC Championship, the MIT women's tennis registered four quarterfinal, two semifinal, and one championship appearance in the NEWITT Division III Championship. Leslie Hansen became the third player in the history of the program to compete in the title match of the No. 1 singles flight.

As voted upon by the coaches, co-captain Mariah Hoover was named the recipient of the Lindsay Morehouse Sportsmanship Award, which is given annually to a senior tennis player in the New England region who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, fair play, friendliness, character, and hard work. Morehouse, a former tennis player at Williams College and co-captain of the 1999-00 squad, died while at work in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. The following season, Williams established the award to commemorate Lindsay and the contributions she made to the New England women's tennis community.

Following a first-round bye, Hansen, seeded No. 3, cruised past Claire Smyser (Middlebury), 6-2, 6-4. She then outlasted Rachel Rosman (Brandeis), 6-1, 7-6 (6) and edged out Grace Cascarilla (Tufts), 6-3, 6-4. In the final, Hansen fell to No. 4 Kristen Raymond (Bowdoin), 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. Liz Denys defeated Sarah Geocaris (Wheaton), 6-2, 6-2, and Katie Muto (Colby), 6-2, 6-2, before falling to Laken King (Amherst), 6-4, 6-2, in the quarterfinals of the No. 2 singles flight.

Hoover dropped her opening match to No. 2 seed Brittany Berckes (Amherst), by scores of 6-0, 6-0. In the No. 4 singles bracket, Yi Wang battled Amy Berkman (Middlebury) to a 7-6 (4), 6-1 win before losing to Ariana Sanai (Brandeis), 6-4, 6-2. Melissa Diskin overpowered Eleni Scordilis (Mount Holyoke), 6-1, 6-0, and then defeated Alexandra Sirois (Wesleyan), 6-2, 6-4. In the quarterfinal round, she lost to No. 2 seed and eventual champion, Ashley Parsons, 6-1, 6-1. Anisa McCree wrapped up MIT's singles representatives with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Lacey Herchek (Connecticut College) and a 6-1, 6-0 loss to No. 1 seed Annie Schneidman (Williams).

In the top doubles flight, No. 3 Hoover and Hansen defeated their foes from Regis and Suffolk by margins of 8-1 before falling to No. 1 seed and eventual champion Menezes and Berckes (Amherst), 8-2, in the semifinals. No. 2 McCree and Denys defeated Nettelfield/Ribchinsky (Roger Williams), 8-4, and cruised past Ghorbani/Sirois (Wesleyan), 8-2. In the semifinals, the pair fell to the eventual champions, McCooey and Young (Tufts), 8-3. Karina Pikhart and Diskin collaborated for an 8-3 win over Lamb and Walgren (Springfield) before blanking their foes from Roger Williams, 8-0. Pikhart and Diskin's run came to an end in the quarterfinals following an 8-4 loss to No. 3 Stubblebine and Siddique (Wellesley).