CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – An early season roll continued this afternoon for the MIT women's tennis team as the Engineers picked up their third straight shutout, blanking Springfield College, 9-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. Junior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) helped MIT to their win with a straight sets triumph in the No. 1 singles match.
MIT (3-0, 3-0 NEWMAC) quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a sweep of the doubles contests. The Engineers won at No. 2 and 3 without dropping a game, with the No. 1 team of Kohrs and senior Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) winning their contest with juniors Rachel London (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) and Stephanie Foster (Woodbridge, Conn.) by an 8-1 score.
Needing just two wins to clinch the match in singles play, MIT picked them up in the first two flights. Kohrs took the No. 1 match 6-0, 6-0 before freshman Kelly Zhu (Houston, Texas) won at No. 2, 6-0, 6-1, over Foster to clinch it for the Engineers. It was the second straight contest that Zhu has picked up the match-deciding point for MIT.
Sophomore Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) won her match at No. 4 by a 6-0, 6-0 score before sophomore Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) defeated freshman Melissa Parrish (Framingham, Mass.), 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 to make it 4-0 in favor of the Engineers. Sophomore Rachel Litchfield (Northbridge, Mass.) put up a fight for Springfield (0-3, 0-3 NEWMAC) in the No. 5 match, but fell to Tam by a 6-3, 6-0 score. Sophomore Cindy Liu (Claremont, Calif.) won at No. 6 for MIT by a final of 6-1, 6-0.
MIT and Springfield will both play again on Saturday, September 19, with both teams facing NEWMAC opponents. The Engineers will play at Mount Holyoke College at 12:00 p.m., while the Pride will take on Emerson College at 1:00 p.m. in a match that will be played at Babson College.