BABSON PARK, Mass. – In a showdown for first-place in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference women's tennis standings, MIT came out on top in its matchup with Babson College, capturing a 7-2 victory. Sophomore Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) picked up a pair of wins for the Engineers, including the clinching victory in singles play.
MIT (5-0, 5-0 NEWMAC) struck quickly, taking a pair of 8-2 decisions in the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles matches to take an early 2-0 advantage. In a back-and-forth match at No. 1 the Babson (6-1, 3-1 NEWMAC) team of sophomores Yagmur Akgul (Istanbul, Turkey) and Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) took and early lead over the MIT team of junior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and sophomore Cindy Liu (Claremont, Calif.) only to see the Engineers' duo come back to take a 6-5 advantage. Babson's team then won the next three games to capture the match, 8-6, and score the first point for the Beavers.
Needing three wins in singles play to take the match, MIT picked them up in the first three contests to finish. Junior Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.), sophomore Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) and Das all won their first sets by 6-0 scores to take control of their matches. Playing at No. 6 Kong put the first singles point on the board, scoring a 6-0, 6-2 win. At No. 3 Tzeng took the second singles point with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Quenard before Das clinched it for the Engineers with her 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 4 over senior Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.).
Kohrs won her No. 1 match with Akgul, taking a 6-3, 6-4 decision to make it 6-1 in favor of MIT. Babson then picked up what turned out to be the only singles point the Beavers would score when junior Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.) overcame a first set loss to Liu at No. 5 to take a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory. Freshman Kelly Zhu (Houston, Texas) won three straight games to close out her first set against freshman Eleni Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) at No. 2 and went on to wrap things up with a 6-4, 6-3 win.
Both teams will take a break from NEWMAC play this weekend when they will compete at the ITA New England Championships that will be held at Middlebury College.