Krystal Lai
Krystal Lai
Height: 5-7
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Irvine, Calif.
High School: University
Major: Biological Engineering

2015-16: ITA Scholar-Athlete... NEWMAC All-Conference First Team at No. 3 doubles... NEWMAC Academic All-Conference... Posted a 1-4 singles record, including a three-set win over nationally-ranked Vassar on 4/16... Finished with a 14-11 doubles record overall for the season... When teamed with Dora Tzeng, she was 11-2 overall and 9-1 in dual match play that included an 8-0 record in league play and a 5-1 mark at No. 3 doubles... Earned nationally-ranked victories over Wellesley and Vassar, as well as a convincing 8-2 win over Skidmore in the second round of the NCAA Tournament... Won her first 10 doubles matches of the season, including a trio of 8-0 shutout wins.

2014-15: Solid second season for MIT … second team All-NEWMAC at No. 3 doubles with Rena Liu … Academic All-NEWMAC … ITA Scholar Athlete … finished 5-6 in singles play … 4-0 in NEWMAC action … went 14-10 in doubles, 4-2 with Liu and 10-7 with Dora Tzeng … started the season with a pair of wins against Wellesley (9/13) and Mount Holyoke (9/20) … also picked up conference wins against Wheaton (10/4) and Smith (10/11) … teamed with Liu to win four straight NEWMAC matches to start the season in doubles … dropped a total of two games in three of the matches and won the other 8-3 … after a month she then teamed with Tzeng for the rest of the season … the duo started with an 8-1 win over Wheaton (10/4) and concluded the fall with a pair of wins against Mount Holyoke (10/25) and Babson (10/26) at the NEWMAC Championships … started the spring season with three wins, including a 9-8 (7-1) decision over #26 Brandeis (3/13) and an 8-5 win over #13 Chicago (3/23) … the pair scored MIT’s only point against #7 Amherst (5/18) at the NCAA Tournament with an 8-5 victory.

2013-14: Became a regular in the middle of the MIT lineup as a freshman … first team All-NEWMAC at No. 4 singles … first team All-NEWMAC at No. 3 doubles with Michelle Dutt … ITA Scholar Athlete … third on the team in singles wins with a 16-8 record … went 19-7 in doubles, 17-6 with Dutt … took a 6-0, 6-1 win in her collegiate debut against Emerson (9/7) … put together a four-match win streak that started with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 against Springfield (9/15) … scored back-to-back 6-0, 6-0 decisions against Clark (10/1) and at Wheaton (10/5) … finished the conference season with a 6-1 record … helped MIT to the NEWMAC championship with a 7-5, 6-0 win against Wellesley (10/27) at No. 5 in the championship match … in the spring scored a comeback 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 win at No. 6 at #6 Middlebury (3/17) … that started her on a season-ending streak of six wins in eight matches, including victories against #30 Bates (4/4), #14 Trinity (4/5), #29 Vassar (4/19) and #22 Brandeis (4/22) … followed that up with back-to-back 6-2, 6-2 wins at No. 2 against #22 Brandeis (4/22) and Simmons (4/25) …  played her only doubles of the season in the NEWITT (10/18) tournament in the fall … teamed with Elysa Kohrs to take an 8-4 win over a team from Brandeis … in doubles after teaming with Dutt at the start of the season the pair won their first four matches, including a pair of 8-0 wins over conference opponents … the duo won NEWMAC doubles team of the week honors after advancing to the quarterfinals of the ITA New England Regional … won matches against teams from Wesleyan and Tufts before falling to a duo from Williams … the pair did not lose again in the fall season … in the spring they picked up victories over pairings from national ranked Bates (4/4), Trinity (4/5), , Vassar (4/19) and Brandeis (4/22) … team scored an 8-2 win against Simmons (5/9) at the NCAA Tournament.

Off The Court at MIT: Majoring in biological engineering … research at the Griffith Lab in tissue engineering … research at the Miles Lab at MIT … Biology Undergraduate Student Association … Medlinks … MIT-EMS … EMS admissions blogger.

High School: A 2013 graduate of University High School … three-time letterwinner in tennis … ranked No. 32 in Southern California … National Merit Scholarship finalist … California Scholarship Federation … USA Biology Olympiad semi-finalist … Presidential Scholars semi-finalist … volunteer at the Senior Center.