Hayashi of No. 7 Women's Tennis Posts Match-Sealing Win in No. 6 Slot during 7-2 Victory over MIT

MEDFORD, Mass. – The No. 7 Tufts University women's tennis team dominated singles action on Tuesday, as the Jumbos went 6-0 on the individual side during a 7-2 win over No. 21 MIT in Medford, Massachusetts. 

Katherine Wiley was undefeated on Tuesday for the Jumbos.

Freshman Katherine Wiley was victorious in singles and doubles action for the Jumbos (9-2, 2-1 in NESCAC), and senior Chelsea Hayashi clinched the match for the hosts with a win during No. 6 singles. 

The Engineers (11-5, 8-0 in NEWMAC) opened up with back-to-back wins in doubles action, as freshman Effie Jia and junior Rena Liu outlasted senior captain Conner Calabro and sophomore Tomo Iwasaki, 9-7, at the No. 3 slot. 

Sophomore Kelly Zhu and junior Dora Tzeng continued the momentum for the visitors with an 8-6 victory over junior Lauren Louks and sophomore Mina Karamercan at the top slot. 

The Jumbos responded emphatically, by winning the final seven events, starting with an 8-6 triumph by Wiley and sophomore Otilia Popa against freshman Serena Lee and junior Sonya Das during the No. 2 flight. 

Karamercan opened up singles action with a bang, outperforming Tzeng in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Karamercan is now 6-1 during the 2017 spring season in the No. 1 slot on the individual side.  

Senior captain Alexa Meltzer improved to 7-2 in singles action, downing Le, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 4 singles, while Wiley followed up with a straight-set triumph, 6-3, 6-3, over Das at the No. 3 slot. Hayashi's match-clinching performance was a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Liu. 

Calabro tallied her ninth win in 10 matches in singles-oriented matches, as she posted a commanding 6-0 victory during first-set action against freshman Sharlene Song at the No. 5 slot. The Sherman Oaks, California, native then performed well under pressure during the second set, outlasting Song, 7-6 (7). 

Louks put a stamp on the Jumbos' perfect performance on the singles side, as she rebounded from a 6-3 setback to Zhu during the first set of No. 2 singles, and won the second, 6-1, and the decisive third, 6-2. 

The Jumbos will look to continue flourishing on their home court with a huge test against No. 1 Emory on Friday at 1 p.m. in Medford, Massachusetts.

Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern

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