FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – A comeback win in doubles and a strong effort in singles propelled the No. 13 MIT women's tennis team to a 5-1 win over No. 19 University of Mary Washington in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship. MIT will now move on to play for the regional title tomorrow against No. 4 Washington & Lee University.
Mary Washington (17-8) took the first point in the match when its No. 1 doubles team of junior Shelby Harris (Newport News, Va.) and freshman Kait Brogan (Virginia Beach, Va.) took an early lead and then held off a charge my MIT's team of junior Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) and sophomore Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) to take an 8-6 win. MIT (17-5) then squared things up with an 8-3 win at No. 2 by senior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.). At No. 3 the Engineers came up with a key point as the team of freshmen Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) and Cindy Liu (Claremont, Calif.) came back from an early deficit to score a tight, 9-7 win.
Kohrs scored the first point in singles play, taking a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Harris in the No. 1 match to put MIT two wins away from moving on to the third round. In the No. 3 match, Tam quickly followed Kohrs' win with another for the Engineers, taking a 6-1, 6-4 victory over junior Chrissy Gaul (Newtown, Pa.).
Mary Washington had one set leads at Nos. 2 and 5, with MIT getting a first set win at No. 4 when Tzeng came from behind to take a 7-6 (4) decision. In the No. 6 match sophomore Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) battled against freshman Hannah Jabusch (Cary, N.C.) and overcame and early deficit to claim a 6-4 first set win. Kong then rolled past Jabusch in the second set, 6-0, to claim the match and clinch the victory for the Engineers.
In the day's first match, Washington & Lee scored a 5-0 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan University to move the Generals into the third round match. MIT and W&L will play for the right to move on to the national quarterfinals at Noon on Sunday at the Mary Washington tennis complex.