CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a battle between a pair of teams ranked in the top-20 it was No. 4 Bowdoin College that came out on top as the Polar Bears took an 8-1 decision over No. 17 MIT. Junior Joulia Likhanskaia (Winter Park, Fla.) picked up wins in No. 1 singles and doubles for Bowdoin; with sophomore Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) getting the lone point for the Engineers.
Bowdoin (7-1) got off to a strong start by sweeping all three doubles matches. The Polar Bears took 8-4 and 8-3 wins at Nos. 2 and 3 before their No. 1 duo of Likhanskaia and senior Tiffany Cheng (Laguna Hills, Calif.) got past the MIT (10-4) team of junior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and sophomore Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) by an 8-5 score.
Kohrs and Likhanskaia had a close contest at No. 1 singles, with Likhanskaia taking the first set, 6-3, before Kohrs came back to win the second by the same score. It stayed close in the tie breaking third set, with the two battling back and forth until Likhanskaia came out on top, 11-9, to take the match.
Tzeng picked up her victory in the No. 2 position, defeating Cheng by a final of 6-2, 6-4. Bowdoin went on to win the other four singles in straight sets to take the match. At No. 3 it was sophomore Tess Trinka (Oak Park, Ill.) taking a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Das, while at No. 4 junior Kyra Silitch (New York, N.Y.) won 6-4, 6-0 over junior Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.). In the No. 5 match up junior Krystal Lai (Irvine, Calif.) fell to freshman Maddie Rolph (Lexington, Ky.), 6-3, 6-1, and at No. 6 it was junior Samantha Stadler (Costa Mesa, Calif.) winning by a 7-5, 6-0 score over senior Iris Zhuang (Allen, Texas).
MIT will play again at home on Tuesday, April 6 when the Engineers will host Tufts University starting at 5:00 p.m. Bowdoin will be back in action tomorrow when it plays at Wesleyan University starting at 10:00 a.m.