Engineers Advance to Third Round of NCAA Tournament With Win Over Simmons

Sophomore Victoria Tam
Sophomore Victoria Tam

WINDSOR, Conn. – For a second straight year the No. 13 MIT women's tennis team faced off against Simmons College in their first match in the NCAA Tournament, and for a second straight year the result was the same as the Engineers scored a 5-0 victory to advance to the third round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships. Sophomore Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) was one of two players to pick up two wins for MIT.

MIT (17-4) quickly picked up its first point of the day when Tam teamed with freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) to score an 8-0 decision at No. 1. The Engineers moved to a 2-0 lead in the match after the No. 2 doubles team of senior Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) and sophomore Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.) won their match by an 8-1 score. At No. 3 the MIT duo of junior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) made it a clean sweep for the Engineers as they defeated the team of Theresa Reinhard and Katie Crowley, 8-2.

In singles play Simmons (14-6) could not mount a challenge to the MIT lead as the Engineers quickly decided the match with a pair of 6-0, 6-0 victories. Playing at No. 1, Kohrs scored the fourth point of the day for MIT, downing Reinhard before Tam finished off the Sharks with her win over Sofie Epshtein. With the victory the Engineers will advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history. 

MIT will face host and No. 2 ranked Amherst College tomorrow in the third round at Noon. Should the weather force the teams inside the match will be held at the Magic Lincer Tennis Academy in Windsor, Connecticut at 1:00 p.m.