Women’s Tennis Rolls Past Emerson

Junior Wendi Kong
Junior Wendi Kong

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As it did a year ago, the MIT women's tennis team opened its season against New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponent Emerson College this afternoon. And as a year ago, the Engineers came away with a 9-0 win over the Lions in the first match of the 2015-16 season for both squads.  

With only four players available, Emerson (0-1, 0-1 NEWMAC) was already in a 3-0 hole before play began, leaving MIT (1-0, 1-0 NEWMAC) just two wins shy of clinching the match. The Engineers picked up the two wins in doubles action, winning both contests by 8-0 scores. MIT's No. 2 team of sophomore Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) and junior Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) picked up the first win, defeating the team of Janie Yates/Gilesa Thomas. Shortly after the MIT No. 1 team of freshman Kelly Zhu (Houston, Texas) and sophomore Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) clinched the match with their victory over Jamie CoConis/Tiziana Vazquez.

In singles play MIT too three of the matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores. Junior Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) at No. 3, junior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) at No. 1 and senior Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas) at No. 4 took the three decisions for the Engineers. Playing at No. 2, senior Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) won the final match of the day, taking a 6-0, 6-2 win over Vazquez.

MIT will continue in NEWMAC play next weekend when it plays at Wellesley College on Sept. 12 at 11:00 a.m. Emerson will play next on Sept. 10 when the Lions will travel to UMass Boston for a 3:00 p.m. match.