WELLESLEY, Mass. – Top-seeded MIT will move on to defend its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's tennis title, as the Engineers downed No. 4 seed Babson College, 5-0, in a semifinal of the conference tournament today. Sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) scored the deciding point in the match with her victory in the No. 3 singles match. MIT will play the winner of the second semifinal match between No. 2 Wellesley College and No. 3 Wheaton College tomorrow for the conference championship.
MIT (10-0) took a commanding lead in the match by sweeping all three of the doubles matches. The No. 3 team of junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) put the Engineers on the board first as they scored an 8-4 win over Sarah Whitaker and Courtney Fischer from Babson (9-6). In the No. 2 contest MIT scored an identical 8-4 win as Tam and freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) defeated Alexis Ferraro and Tori Paolino. Seniors Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) completed the sweep, holding off Babson's No. 1 team of Alex Freeman and Dina Weick.
Needing just two singles matches to secure the victory, MIT got them in the first two matches decided. Kohrs put the Engineers one win away with her victory in the No. 2 match as she disposed of Whitaker in a 6-2, 6-0 decision. Tam then finished things off for MIT, downing Weick in straights sets, 6-4, 6-3.
MIT will play for its second straight conference title and a berth in next spring's NCAA Tournament tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Wellesley.