CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For a second consecutive year, athletics teams from MIT and Loughborough University in England are meeting in a friendly Trans-Atlantic Challenge between the two schools. This year the competition is taking place in Cambridge between the men's and women's tennis teams from the two institutions. In a series of matches to be held over the next three days, the women were up first on the courts of the JB Carr Tennis Bubble this afternoon.
In a pair of doubles matches, it was Loughborough that got the best of MIT, winning both matches in straight sets. On court 1 the team of Olivia Nichols and Louise Holtum defeated junior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and sophomore Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.), 6-1, 6-2. On court 2 it was Emily Rodbourne and Tory Bullock taking a 6-1, 6-1 decision over sophomore Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) and sophomore Rena Liu (Oak Hill, Va.).
In the four singles matches played, Loughborough continued to keep the upper hand in the matches, winning all four in straight sets, with the closest matches coming on courts 2 and 4. On court 2 Holtum took a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Tzeng, while on court 4 junior Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) also won five games in her match against Natalie Haden-Scott in a 6-3, 6-2 decision that went to Haden-Scott.
Tomorrow the two institutions will combine their men's and women's squads into mixed double teams. Four matches will be played with that format beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Carr Bubble.