No. 19 Women's Tennis Advances to Second Straight NCAA Regional Final

No. 19 Women's Tennis Advances to Second Straight NCAA Regional Final

THE BASICS:

- Location: Brunswick, Maine (Pickard Tennis Courts)

- Score: No. 19 MIT 5, New Paltz 0

- Records: No. 19 MIT (17-3); New Paltz (18-2)

- The Lead: In the second all-time meeting between the two schools, No. 19 ranked MIT advanced to the program's second-straight NCAA Regional Final with a 5-0 win over New Paltz in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Engineers are now 11-8 all-time in NCAA action, while New Paltz ends the season at 18-2 overall.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In doubles, MIT jumped out to quick leads in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, while the New Paltz team of Trinity Chow and Laura Koob held an early 2-1 advantage at No. 1. Following a changeover, the No. 1 MIT team of sophomore Libby Rickeman (Wayzata, Minn.) and first-year Viktoriya Tabunshchyk (Ancaster, Canada) rattled off the next seven games to claim the 8-2 victory. 

- MIT's Megan Guenther (Willowbrook, Ill.) and Marina Zhang (Garnet Valley, Pa.) earned the 8-0 shutout at No. 2, while junior captain Lara Rakocevic (Portland, Ore.) and first-year Ashley Teng (Tustin, Calif.) took an 8-2 win at No. 3.

- Teng made it a 4-0 match with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Courtney Koran at No. 5 singles, followed by Rakocevic defeating Jenna Grandville by a score of 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4 to wrap up the match.

- MIT had taken the first set in each of the unfinished singles matches.

- Rickeman and Tabunshchyk are currently No. 10 in the ITA Northeast regional doubles rankings.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT is currently ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Northeast Region rankings, while Bowdoin is ranked one spot ahead in the No. 4 spot.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will take on No. 7 ranked Bowdoin College in the NCAA Regional Final on Sunday, May 12th beginning at Noon. The winner will advance to the NCAA Elite Eight in Kalamazoo, Mich. beginning on May 20th.

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