October 27, 2008

Women's Tennis Has Solid Outing at NEWITT Tournament

Oct. 27, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT sent Leslie Hansen, Anastasia Vishnevetsky, Melissa Diskin, Anisa McCree, Alex Hall, Jen Rees, Yi Wang, and Karina Pikhart to compete at the NEWITT Tournament which featured a revamped format this year. Participating as pairs, the duos played a doubles match followed by two singles matches, receiving one point for each victory for a maximum total of three points. In flight “A” No. 3 seeded Hansen and Vishnevetsky advanced to the semifinals while Wang and Pikhart captured the flight “B” second round consolation crown.

In their first match of the weekend, Hansen and Vishnevetsky topped their foes from Tufts University, 3-0. After an 8-3 doubles decision, Hansen defeated Stewart, 6-1, 6-1, while Vishnevetsky beat Schils, 6-2, 6-2. The pair swept Suffolk University as well, taking an 8-4 doubles win. Hansen dropped only one game to Cates (6-0, 6-1) while Vishnevetsky made quick work of Hernandez-Vallant (6-0, 6-3). Facing the No. 5 seeded squad from Williams College, the Engineers emerged with a 2-1 quarterfinal victory. Following an 8-2 doubles win, Hansen defeated Parsons, 6-3, 6-2 while Hancock outlasted Vishnevetsky, 6-3, 6-7 (8), (11-9). MIT’s run came to an end with a 3-0 loss to No. 2 Amherst College in the semifinal round. The Lord Jeffs picked up an 8-5 doubles win while Hansen was edged out by Berckes, 6-3, 7-6 (3) and Brown topped Vishnevetsky, 6-1, 6-1.

Diskin and McCree also represented the Cardinal and Gray in flight “A”. The pair defeated Colby College, 2-1, despite faltering, 8-5, in the doubles match. Diskin posted a 6-2, 6-0 decision over Muto while McCree defeated Veilleux, 6-3, 6-2. In their next match, the duo fell to Tufts, 3-0. Following a hard-fought 9-8 (3) doubles matchup, Diskin lost to Lavet, 6-2, 6-0, as McCree’s late rally was not enough (6-2, 7-5) to remain in the main draw. MIT resumed action in the second round consolation draw, picking up an 8-6 win in the doubles match against Trinity College. Diskin dropped a tough 2-6, 6-4 (12-10) decision while McCree fell, 6-0, 6-2.

In flight “B”, Hall and Rees kicked off play by blanking Simmons College. The pair surrendered only one game in doubles action (8-1), as Hall defeated Borash (6-1, 6-3) and Rees topped Lynch (6-4, 6-3). The tandem collaborated for a 2-1 victory over Colby College which featured an 8-0 doubles decision. Hall defeated Brzezinsky (6-4, 6-2) while Rees fell, 7-6 (4), 3-6 (11-9). In what proved to be their final match of the weekend, Hall and Rees lost to NEWMAC foe Wellesley College, 3-0. Following an 8-3 score in doubles play, Hall was defeated, 6-1, 6-3, as Rees was edged out, 6-4, 7-5.

Wang and Pikhart dropped their opening round match in flight “B” to Tufts, 2-1. Pikhart posted the lone win (6-1, 6-1) while Wang fell, 2-6, 7-6 (4) (11-9). The Jumbos picked up the doubles point courtesy of an 8-6 margin. Moving into the second round consolation draw, MIT defeated Wheaton College, 3-0. After an 8-6 doubles win, Wang topped Van Faasen (6-2, 6-3) as Pikhart dismissed Farmer, 6-1, 6-1. The pair went on to register a 2-1 decision over Middlebury College. Wang fell to Cunningham, 7-6 (4), 7-5, but Pikhart’s opponent retired at 4-6, 1-2, which also resulted in a forfeit of the doubles match. The tandem closed out the tournament by blanking Connecticut College in the final. Wang and Pikhart picked up an 8-3 decision as Wang cruised past Bender, 6-2, 6-0. Pikhart secured the sweep with 7-5, 3-6 (10-6) victory over Soriano.