SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – After claiming the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season championship, the MIT women's tennis team took a break from dual match play with a weekend of action at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tournament this weekend. The Engineers had one team make it to the semifinals of their bracket, with the duo of sophomores Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.) and Ava Soleimany (Newport Beach, Calif.) reaching the semis of the B Flight bracket.
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 four teams. Peters and Soleimany was the only MIT team in the B Flight and started their weekend with a 2-1 win over a team from NEWMAC rival Babson. The pair won in doubles, 8-5, with Soleimany providing a 6-2, 6-1 win in her singles match to move the team to the next round. There they swept a team from Roger Williams before playing a duo from Tufts in the quarterfinals. A pair of defaults moved the pair into the semifinals against a team from Amherst, against whom they fell, 3-0, to end their run.
MIT's No. 1 team of freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) started out with a 3-0 win over a team from Tufts. In the Round of 16 the duo faced off against a pair from Middlebury, advancing with another 3-0 victory, with Kohrs winning 6-1, 6-1 and Tam 6-1, 6-2. The team completed the sweep with an 8-5 victory in doubles. In the quarterfinals against Williams the Ephs took a 3-0 win, with Kohrs coming close to scoring a point for the Engineers in a close 6-3, 6-7, 8-10 loss.
Freshmen Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) and Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) formed another team for MIT. They took a 3-0 win in their opener against Brandeis, with Lai prevailing 6-3, 6-1 and Kong by a 6-0, 6-0 score. The duo scored an 8-4 win in doubles. In the next round against Amherst, Kong won her match by a 6-2, 6-1 score, but the pair lost in the other two matches and moved to the consolation bracket where they fell 2-1 to a team from Middlebury.
MIT's No. 3 team of junior Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) and senior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) were bounced in their first round match against Williams, 2-1, with the pair scoring their point with a close 9-7 win in doubles. The pair bounced back with a 2-1 win in the consolation bracket against Wheaton, with Hsu winning 6-1, 6-4 in singles and the pair taking an 8-5 victory in doubles.
MIT, the No. 1 seed, will prepare for its first match in the NEWMAC Championships that will take place next Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Wellesley College. The Engineers will play the winner of a quarterfinal match between No. 5 seed Mount Holyoke and No. 4 seed Babson that will be hosted by the Beavers on Wednesday.