Women’s Tennis Picks Up A Title at NEWITT

Sophomore Vynnie Kong
Sophomore Vynnie Kong

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – It was a strong showing for the MIT women's tennis team at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tournament this weekend. A pair of Engineer duos made the finals of the B Flight of the tournament, with sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) and freshman Meghana Vasireddy (Golden Valley, Minn.) coming out on top in the finals to claim the title.

In a tournament that includes a format in which each round pairs teams of two against one another and features two singles matches and one doubles match, MIT fielded five teams. Three of the teams were in the B Flight, and all three had success. Kong and Vasireddy were strong all weekend, picking up four wins to reach the final, all by scores of 3-0. In the opening round the pair defeated a team from NEWMAC foe Smith College and then followed that with a victory over a pair from Wesleyan University to reach the semifinals where they faced their own teammates, freshmen Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas) and Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.). Kong took a 6-2, 5-7, 10-5 win over Zhuang, while Vasireddy downed Peters, 6-0, 6-2. In doubles Kong and Vasireddy took an 8-5 decision to remain perfect. In the finals, which was decided by a doubles match, Kong and Vasireddy again faced a pair of teammates, this time sophomore Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.). Kong and Vasireddy claimed the title with an 8-6 triumph.

Dutt and Lampl started the weekend with a 3-0 decision over a team from Babson, and then took a 2-1 decision over a pair from Trinity (Conn.) to move to the quarterfinals. There they defeated another duo from a NEWMAC school, taking a 2-1 win over a team from Wheaton. They then advanced to finals with another win over a pairing from Trinity, getting their third straight 2-1 decision.

Zhuang and Peters started their weekend with a 2-1 win over a pair from Brandeis, and then moved on to the quarterfinals with a 3-0 blanking of a team from Roger Williams. The Engineer's pair then defeated a duo from Babson, 2-1, to move to their semifinal match.

In the A Flight, MIT's team of junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) started the tournament with a 3-0 win over a team from Wesleyan, but were then forced out of the rest of the tournament due to injury. MIT's other team, senior Candace Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and junior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) fell in their opener to a duo from Tufts by a 2-1 margin.

MIT will return to conference action this week, as the Engineers will look to defend their perfect conference record at home against Wheaton on Tuesday, October 16 at 4:00 p.m.