CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing in its final regular season match of the season, the No. 14 MIT women's tennis team was just a point down going into doubles play against No. 7 Middlebury College, but the Panthers won all but one of the singles contests to come away with a 7-2 win. Sophomore Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) was a part of both points for the Engineers.
Middlebury took both the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches by scores of 8-4 and 8-3 to go up 2-0. But the MIT No. 2 team of Tzeng and freshman Kelly Zhu (Houston, Texas) enabled the Engineers to avoid the sweep has they held off the Panther team of Saddie Shackelford and Kaysee Orozco, 9-7. It was the second straight match that the Engineers' team has won by that score.
Tzeng went on in singles to extend her winning streak to seven in singles action with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Alexandra Fields in the No. 2 match to give MIT point number two on the day. The Engineers had three other matches that were close, one of which went to three sets. That was at No. 4 where sophomore Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) won her first set against Christina Puccinelli only to see her opponent come back to score a 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 win.
Junior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) had a close first set in her No. 1 matchup with Rita Gerger, which Gerger won 7-6 (6), 6-4. At No. 5 junior Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) was also involved in a tight first set before falling to Molly Paradies, 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Middlebury took the No. 3 and No. 6 matches in straight sets to complete the scoring.
MIT, the 2016 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) champion, will play next in the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships. Pairings and locations for the tournament will be announced on May 9.