Kohrs and Tzeng Battle at NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship

Junior Elysa Kohrs and sophomore Dora Tzeng
Junior Elysa Kohrs and sophomore Dora Tzeng

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Representing MIT at the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Championship, junior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and sophomore Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) took to the courts at Kalamazoo College on Thursday. Kohrs, making her second appearance at the tournament, advanced to the second round while Tzeng fell in her opening match as a first-time qualifier.

Seeded sixth, Kohrs overpowered Diana Aboubakare (Kenyon College), 6-3, 6-1, in her first match of the day. In the round of 16, she outlasted Caroline Casper (Pomona-Pitzer), 6-4, in the first set but dropped the second frame, 6-3. Kohrs took a 3-1 lead in the third set but Casper battled back to claim a 6-4 victory. By being ranked for the tournament as well as advancing to the second round, she collected her third straight All-America honor.

Tzeng, meanwhile, won the opening set, 6-4, versus No. 7 Rebecca Ho (Washington University) but then lost by a 6-2 margin, forcing a decisive third set. In the final stanza Tzeng inched ahead, 4-3; however, Ho captured the next three games to secure the come-from-behind victory.