CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play this afternoon, the MIT women's tennis team kept its winning streak intact to start the season, defeating Clark University, 9-0. Senior Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas) helped MIT to the victory with wins in singles and doubles
MIT (6-0, 6-0 NEWMAC) took control of things early on in doubles play with 8-0 wins in both the No. 2 and No. 3 matches. At No. 1, Clark (5-6, 1-4 NEWMAC) saw its team of sophomore Isabelle Long (Bellevue, Wash.) and freshman Emily Shuman (Needham, Mass.) grab one game, but that was it as sophomore Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) and junior Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) took an 8-1 decision.
Sophomore Rena Liu (Oak Hill, Va.) started things off for MIT in singles play with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 to put the Engineers a point away from clinching the match. Zhuang picked up that victory for MIT at No. 3, taking down senior Kera Snyder (South Portland, Maine), 6-1, 6-0. Senior Ava Soleimany (Newport Beach, Calif.) and junior Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) also won their matches at No. 6 and No. 2 respectively, buy 6-0, 6-0 scores.
Senior Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.) put another point in the MIT column with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 5, while sophomore Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) wrapped things up for the Engineers with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Long in the No. 1 match.
MIT will stay in NEWMAC play in its next outing, with the Engineers playing at Wheaton College on Saturday, October 3 in a 1:00 p.m. matchup. Clark will move out of conference for its next match, hosting Roger Williams University on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.