CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing against its third nationally ranked opponent in a week, the No. 17 MIT women's tennis team dropped an 8-1 decision to No. 6 Amherst College this afternoon. Sophomore Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) continued her strong play of late, scoring a win at No. 1 singles for the Engineers.
Amherst (7-4) got off to a strong start in doubles, taking 8-1 and 8-0 decisions in the Nos. 2 and 3 matches. The closest that MIT (11-5) could get was at No. 1 where the team of Tzeng and junior Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) dropped an 8-3 match to seniors Sue Ghosh (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Sarah Monteagudo (Miami, Fla.).
In singles play Amherst wrapped up the match with straight sets victories at Nos. 4 and 5, with freshman Kelsey Chen (San Diego, Calif.) clinching the match with a 6-0, 6-1 win.
In her No. 1 match Tzeng picked up her third win against a ranked opponent this week for MIT. Taking on Ghosh, currently ranked No. 12 in the Northeast, Tzeng got off to a quick start with a 6-0 win in the first set. Ghosh came back in the second with a 6-4 decision, but Tzeng battled back in the third to take the set and the match, 6-1.
Kong also had a good outing for the Engineers in her No. 3 match against junior Jackie Calla (Tampa, Fla.). She took the first set, 7-5, before seeing her opponent come back to win the final two sets, 6-3 and 11-9.
Yet another ranked opponent awaits MIT in its next outing. The Engineers will travel next Friday to Williams College for a 4:00 p.m. match with the No. 2 ranked Ephs.