Tempe, Ariz. (September 8) -- Coming off the program's second appearance in the NCAA Division III Elite Eight, the MIT women's tennis team has been selected to participate in the 2019 Oracle ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship. The championship will be hosted by Sewanee in Nashville, Tenn. from March 1-3, 2019 and will take place at The Ensworth School in Nashville.
At the tournament, Friday and Saturday matches will be played to completion with Sunday matches playing to clinch. Doubles will be an 8-game pro set, tiebreak at 7-games-all using regular scoring. After a five-minute intermission, singles matches will be best-of-three sets using regular scoring. Once a dual match has been clinched, any singles matches that extend to a third set will play a 10-point super tiebreaker in place of a full third set. There will be no five-minute warm-up with opponents prior to doubles and singles play.
The Engineers are under the direction of head coach Carol Matsuzaki, who was named as the Division III National Coach of the Year in 2017-18. The team returns five NEWMAC All-Conference honorees, including five First Team singles players and one First Team doubles team.
Among the returners is sophomore Libby Rickeman (Wayzata, Minn.), who was an ITA All-American in both singles and doubles while also being named as the ITA Northeast Regional Rookie of the Year. This year's team captains are senior Kelly Zhu (Pearland, Texas) and junior Lara Rakocevic (Portland, Ore.) as the duo teamed together to earn First Team honors at the No. 3 doubles position.
2019 Oracle ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (No. 1)
Emory (No. 2)
Pomona-Pitzer (No. 7)
MIT (No. 9)
University of Chicago (No. 10)
Carnegie Mellon (No. 11)
Sewanee (Host - No. 12)
Washington University in St. Louis (No. 13)