Peters

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Making its first appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament in 13 years, MIT came up victorious in the first round of the tournament on Friday. The Engineers won their first NCAA tournament match, defeating Simmons 5-0 at Bowdoin. MIT will move on to play No. 6 Middlebury on Saturday.

MIT (17-4) started off the match with two quick wins in doubles play against Simmons (15-6). The No. 3 team of sophomore Michelle Dutt and freshman Sunnie Lampl put the first point of the day on the board for the Engineers with an 8-0 win. Senior Candace Wu and freshman Victoria Tam were just as impressive, scoring an 8-1 win at No. 2. The No. 1 match was a close one, but in the end the MIT team of junior Lauren Quisenberry and junior Julia Hsu gave the Engineers a 3-0 lead with an 8-6 decision against Meghan Cokley and Margaret Teague.

Two 6-0, 6-0 victories in singles play put MIT into the second round of the tournament. Wu picked up the fourth point for MIT with her win against Rachel Downey at No. 3, with freshman Alana Peters clinching the match for the Engineers at No. 6 with her victory against Rachel Sweeney.