CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On a blustery day on the DuPont Tennis Courts, the MIT women's tennis team maintained its perfect record in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference as it blanked Wheaton College, 9-0. The Engineers improved to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the NEWMAC while the Lyons fell to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
MIT quickly took control of the match with an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles and an 8-0 decision at No. 3. In what turned out to be the closest match of the afternoon, the Engineers' No. 1 team of junior Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and freshman Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) battled back and forth with the Wheaton pair of Lyndsay Cooke and Alexandra Marlowe before finally pulling out a 9-7 victory to send the Engineers up 3-0 in the match.
In singles play it was all MIT as the Engineers took all six matches in straight sets. Tam picked up the first win at No. 4, taking a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Sarah Crom. Senior Candace Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.), playing at No. 3, then picked up the win that put the match out of reach for the Lyons, a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Morgan Bell.
Sophomore Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) put the next point on the scoreboard for MIT, winning 6-1, 6-2 over Caroline DiNicola in the No. 5 match. Junior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) picked up the next victory, defeating Jesse Boggis at No. 6 by a 6-3, 6-1 score. Quisenberry then triumphed at No. 1 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Cooke, with sophomore Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) finishing the match off in the No. .2 singles contest, downing Marlowe 6-2, 6-0.
MIT will close out NEWMAC play at home on Saturday when it hosts Smith College at 1:00 p.m. on the DuPont Courts. Wheaton will also play at home on Saturday, taking on Clark University at Noon.