MIT Women’s Tennis Opens Season with a Win Over Springfield

This past Saturday, MIT Women’s Tennis competed in their first match of the season against Springfield College. While some team members were injured, the team still had a strong showing.

The match started off with doubles going first.

The number one doubles team of Anisa K. McCree ’10 and Alexandria C. Hall ’12 were the first ones to finish. They breezed through the match, not giving up a game until near the end, winning 8-1. The next two matches were closer, but still decisive. The number two team of Leslie A. Hansen ’10 and Hillary E. Jenny ’12 were the next team to come off. Both were aggressive at the net, resulting in a lot of quick points. The result was an 8-5 win over their opponents. The number three team of Kerry R. Weinberg ’10 and Jenny C. Dohlman ’11 finished third. When the score was 6-5, Weinberg ran down a half volley, hitting cross court for a winner. After that, they took the rest of the games, finishing 8-5. In the exhibition match, the number four team of Sonya Makhni ’11 and Caitlin R. Pomeroy ’13 fought through their match, but had a close loss of 5-8. The final result gave MIT the official lead of 3-0 going into the singles matches.

MIT started off strong going into the singles matches. Hansen was first and did not drop a single game, winning 6-0, 6-0. Next was McCree, who breezed through her match as well, dropping only two games. Her final score was 6-0, 6-2. MIT was now 5-0 over Springfield. Kerry Weinberg was off next. Her match was a long one, with many running rallies. Her final score was 3-6, 2-6, putting Springfield on the board. The next match was that of Dohlman, another tough match. She went down fighting with a final score of 0-6, 1-6. Hall and Makhni finished soon after, completing their matches with identical scores of 6-1, 6-2. Dohlman came off next. While she lost the first set and was down 1-2 in the second set, she came back to win the next two games. She finished the set only giving up one game. The final score of the comeback was 4-6, 6-3, (10-2). The last player off was Pomeroy. She took the close first set 7-5. The next set went more quickly, with Pomeroy winning 6-2. MIT took the overall match with the official score of 7-2 over Springfield.

Next weekend, MIT will play at home in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Championships.