WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Taking on its second straight opponent ranked in the top five in the nation, the No. 13 MIT women's tennis team took on No. 1 Williams this afternoon on the road. The Ephs did not allow the Engineers a point, blanking them by a final of 9-0. Williams improved to 16-0, increasing their overall win streak to 25. MIT fell to 13-4 with the loss.
MIT put up a strong fight in the doubles matches, with one going to a tiebreaker and another decided by just two games. Williams started with an 8-3 decision in the No. 2 match, but at No. 1 the MIT team of seniors Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) battled the Williams duo of Kara Shoemaker and Rebecca Curran in a close one before dropping a close 8-6 decision. It was even closer for junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) at No. 3 as they took Alex Stone and Linda Shin to the limit in a 9-8 (7-2) loss to the Ephs' duo.
Williams clinched the contest with straight sets wins in all six singles matches. The Ephs wrapped up the deciding fifth point in the No. 4 match where Maria Pylypiv took a 6-1, 6-0 win over sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.). Of the remaining matches junior Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) faired the best in her 6-3, 6-2 loss at No. 6 to Monica Pastor.
MIT will stay on the road tomorrow; taking on No. 29 Vassar College at 12:00 p.m. Williams will take on rival Amherst College tomorrow on the road in a 2:00 p.m. contest.