CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking the court for the final time in the regular season, the 13th ranked MIT women's tennis team took on Simmons College from just across the Charles River and defeated the Sharks, 9-0. The Engineers also honored their two seniors, Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christy, Texas) and Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.), prior to the start of the match.
MIT (16-4) picked up two quick points in doubles play to start the match. The team of junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) quickly scored the first point of the day for the Engineers by taking an 8-0 win at No. 3. MIT went to a 2-0 lead in the match when its No. 2 team won 8-2. At No. 1 Simmons (13-5) made a bid for a point, but its tandem of Margaret Teague and Meghan Cokely came up a bit short in an 8-5 loss to the Engineers' duo of freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.).
Dutt won the first point in singles play for MIT, taking a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Katie Crowley in the No. 6 position. Kohrs put the match in the win column for the Engineers in her No. 1 matchup with Teague, winning by the same 6-0, 6-0 score. Lai also won her match by the same score at No. 3 for the Engineers.
Junior Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) took a 6-0, 6-2 decision in the No. 5 match, with her sister, freshman Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) taking the next point in the match, winning a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Theresa Reinhard. Hsu put the finishing touches on the victory, taking a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Sofie Epshtein at No. 4.
MIT will be off for two weeks when the Engineers will play in the NCAA Tournament as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) champions. Simmons will also play in the NCAA Tournament, with the Sharks taking the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) title last fall. Both teams will learn where and who they will play when the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship bracket is released on May. 5.