Strong Doubles Play Sets Tone as Women’s Tennis Sweeps Colby

MIT Women’s Tennis defeated Colby this past Saturday, winning 9-0. The warm day allowed the players to compete outside, which also allowed the many fans to see the action better. Among the fans was Kat Pick, a former assistant coach who came out to support the team. With the support of the fans, the team headed out to play doubles.

The first match went quickly, with the team of Leslie A. Hansen ’10 and Anastasia Vishnevetsky ’12 easily defeating their opponents 8-0. Next off was the number three team of Alexandria C. Hall ’12 and Jennifer A. Rees ’11, who defeated their opponents 8-3. That left the number two team of Anisa K. McCree ’10 and Melissa A. Diskin ’11 in the spotlight. The match was close and intense with the scores going back and forth. In the end, Diskin and McCree won 8-3 against their opponents. This gave MIT a 3-0 lead going into the singles matches.

Hansen started off the singles matches well with a winning backhand volley to take the first game. She finished her singles match with a score of 6-1, 6-2. Vishnevetsky soon followed her partner off the court, winning with multiple approach shots to take the match 6-1, 6-1. Next off was Yi Wang ’09, who stayed consistent thoughout her match to wear down her opponent, winning 6-2, 6-0.

In the next match, McCree hit a down the line passing shot to make it 5-4 in the first set, changing the momentum. She continued and did not let her opponent win another game, making the score 6-4, 6-0.

Sonya Makhni ’11 played next in exhibition. Sonya forced errors and hit a winning backhand down the line shot, generally putting pressure on her opponent. Despite the pressure Makhni put on her opponent she lost a tough match 2-6, 3-6.

The next two matches went to tie breakers for the third set. Diskin was the first off of the two. She started off her match well, taking the first game with a winning crosscourt forehand. She kept up the pressure through out the match, winning it with 6-3, 5-7, (10-4). This left Hall on court. Hall kept the ball deep in the court and hit a backhand volley winner during the second set. The match was tight but Hall pulled it out in the tie breaker, winning 6-4, 3-6, (10-4). This gave MIT a 9-0 win over Colby, making their spring season count 2-0.