CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For a second straight match, the 13th-ranked MIT women's tennis team defeated a ranked opponent by an 8-1 score. This time the Engineers took care of 22nd ranked Brandeis University on the DuPont Tennis courts, winning two of three in doubles before clinching the match by taking all six singles contests.
MIT (15-4) and Brandeis (10-9) split the first two matches in doubles play. The Engineers took the first point of the match with an 8-2 win at No. 3 before the Brandeis duo of Allyson Bernstein/Marissa Lazar took a close 8-6 decision in the No. 2 match. MIT then came back to take a 2-1 lead into singles play when its No. 1 team of freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) took an 8-5 victory.
Senior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) took the first singles match for MIT, coming up with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Simone Vandroff at No. 5. At No. 6 junior Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) made it a 4-1 match with a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Maya Vasser before her sister, freshman Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.), clinched the win for the Engineers at No. 2 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Bernstein.
The only match that went to three sets was at No. 4 where Lai and Emily Eska battled back-and-forth in a match that Lai eventually took, 6-3, 4-6, 10-8. Kohrs at No. 1 and Tam at No. 3 both won their matches in straight sets to complete the singles sweep for the Engineers.
MIT will wrap up its regular season on Friday when the Engineers will host Simmons College at 4:00 p.m.