Women’s Tennis Completes NEWMAC Play Undefeated With Win Over Smith

Sophomore Dora Tzeng
Sophomore Dora Tzeng

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's women's tennis ream completed its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season undefeated after the Engineers captured a 9-0 win over Smith College this afternoon. It is the fourth-consecutive season and the seventh overall that MIT has finished its NEWMAC slate undefeated.

MIT (8-0, 8-0 NEWMAC) quickly went up 2-0 in the contest after capturing both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches by identical 8-1 scores. Smith (3-6, 2-6 NEWMAC) saw its No. 3 team of freshmen Janan Fugel (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and Morgan Barney (North Attleboro, Mass.) stay with MIT's duo of seniors Ava Soleimany (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas) early before the Engineers' pair pulled away for an 8-4 victory.

Moving to singles play, the top two flights clinched the match for MIT. Junior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) picked up the first singles point for the Engineers, taking her No. 1 match by a 6-0, 6-0 score over freshman Noa Dubin (Southampton, N.Y.). At No. 2 sophomore Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) then picked up the match-clinching fifth point of the day, taking a 6-1, 6-0 decision.

Playing at Nos. 4 and 6, Zhuang and Soleimany also took 6-1, 6-0 victories to move MIT to a 7-0 advantage. At No. 5, Barney stayed close to sophomore Rena Liu (Oak Hill, Va.) early on only to see Liu pull away to take a 6-4, 6-1 win. Sophomore Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) finished things up at No. 3, taking a 6-3, 6-2 win over sophomore Samantha Peikes (West Hartford, Conn.).

With conference regular season play completed, both MIT and Smith will next compete at the annual New England Women's Intercollegiate Tournament that will be held next weekend, starting on Friday, October 16.

Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,2,4,6,5,3)