BABSON PARK, Mass. – MIT picked up a point in doubles play, but could not come up with any victories in singles action as the Engineers fell to Wellesley College, 5-1, in the championship match of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Tennis Tournament at Babson's Farwell Courts on Sunday afternoon. The loss closes out the fall portion of the team's schedule and dropped MIT's overall record to 7-3 for the season.
All three of the doubles matches were closely contested, with all three of the losing teams winning at least six games. The No. 1 ended up tied at 8-8 and went into a tiebreaker where the Wellesley duo of Marie Watanabe and SoJung Lee narrowly escaped MIT's team of sophomores Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christie, Texas) and Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) with a 9-7 win in the tie break to take the match.
Both No. 2 and No. 3 doubles would wind up with 8-6 scores, with the Engineers combo of senior Anastasia Vishnevetsky (Orange, Conn.) and freshman Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) getting what proved to be the only MIT point of the day taking the No. 2 match.
Needing three singles wins to clinch the match and the NEWMAC title, Wellesley (10-1) got them in the first three singles matches to be decided. The Blue got straight sets wins at Nos. 2, 4 and 6, with the closest of the three a 6-2, 6-3 decision at No. 2 by Erica Choo over Dutt. MIT were in strong positions to pick up victories in the remaining matches, but with Wellesley having enough points to win the match the final three singles contests went unfinished. Vishnevetsky won her first set at No. 3, as did freshman Vynnie Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) at No. 5. In the No. 1 match Quisenberry had come back from a first set, 6-2, loss to even things up with Watanabe.