GREENCASTLE, Ind. – MIT's first trip to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Indoor Championships came to a close today with a pair of tough losses for the Engineers' women's tennis team. MIT started the day with a 7-2 loss to Washington University – St. Louis and then fell to host DePauw University by a final of 5-4. Freshman Kelly Zhu (Houston, Texas) won both her singles matches to go undefeated in MIT's three matches this weekend.
No. 9 MIT (10-3) got off to a tough start in doubles against No. 13 Wash. U. After dropping the No. 3 match, 8-1, the Engineers found themselves in tough matches at Nos. 1 & 2. Both were forced beyond the normal eight points and MIT found itself on the short end of both scores. At No. 2 the Bears escaped with a 9-7 win, with the MIT No. 1 team of junior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and sophomore Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) battling Grace Deering and Jamie Silberberg all the way only to drop a 9-8 (7-3) decision.
Kohrs and Zhu scored wins in singles play, with Kohrs coming back to defeat Rebecca Ho at No. 1, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and Zhu taking a 6-4, 6-2 win over Silverberg, to bring back MIT to within two points at 4-2. But Wash U. went on to take the remaining singles matches to win the contest.
Against No. 14 DePauw, MIT put the first point on the board when the No. 2 doubles team of senior Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas) and sophomore Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) scored an 8-1 win. The Tigers bounced back, however, scoring an 8-2 win at No. 3 and an 8-4 decision at No. 1 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
After DePauw took a 3-1 lead with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5, MIT stormed back to tie the contest at 3-all. Kohrs, who won all three of her matches at No. 1 in the tournament, held off Maddie Lee in the first set and went on to take a 7-5, 6-0, win. Zhu then followed with a hard fought, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 decision against Alyssa Senevirante at No. 2.
The two squads then split matches at 3 and 4, with Tzeng getting the win for the Engineers with a 7-5, 6-4 victory at No. 3. It came down to the No. 6 contest where Zhuang came close to extending her match to three sets, but came up just short in 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) loss to Megan Galle.
MIT take a break from action until the end of March when the Engineers will face off against a team from Loughborough University in England in a series of exhibition matches starting on March 29.