CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Alissa Nakamoto '21 began her collegiate career for the eighth-ranked Wesleyan University women's tennis team with a perfect 3-0 record on Day 1 of the MIT Invitational, making her one of three Wesleyan players in the singles quarterfinals, and — along with partner Nicole McCann '18 — one of the Cardinals' two doubles quarterfinalist teams. Classmates Zoe Klass-Warch and Polina Kiseleva also notched their first career victories in the first round of singles competition.
- Nakamoto started the day with a 6-2, 5-7, 10-6 win over Jen Chen of Amherst, following it up with a 7-6(4), 6-2 triumph over MIT's Dora Tzeng.
- Helen Klass-Warch '18 and top-seeded Victoria Yu '19 also went 2-0 in singles. Klass-Warch defeated Megan Guenther of MIT 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 before going on to upset No. 5 seed Kelsey Chen of Amherst 6-7(5), 7-6(0), 10-5. Yu started the day with a 6-1, 6-1 win over MIT's Sonya Das, but was pushed in her second match, edging out Amherst's Maddie Dewire 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.
- Zoe Klass-Warch and Kiseleva were the other Cardinals to win their first round singles matches. Klass-Warch topped Lara Rakocevic of MIT and Kiseleva beat Tufts' Julia Keller, with both winning by identical 6-1, 6-2 scores.
- Aashli Budhiraja '18, McCann, and Chisato Hayakawa '21 were also in the singles draw, with all three falling in their opening matches. Budhiraja lost to MIT's Marina Zhang 7-6(4), 6-4, McCann was defeated by Mina Karamercan of Tufts 6-1, 6-2, and Hayakawa was topped by Vickie Ip of Amherst 6-1, 6-1. In the consolation bracket, Budhiraja toughed out a 7-6(4), 6-4 win over Kiara Rose of Tufts and McCann cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Serena Le of MIT. Hayakawa battled hard but came up just short against Tufts' Zoe Miller, losing 7-6 (4), 7-6(4).
- Defending NCAA Champions Eudice Chong '18 and Yu were back in action for the first time since their national championship in May, picking up where they left off with an 8-2 win over Amherst's Camilla Trapness and Kelsey Chen.
- McCann and Nakamoto paired for Wesleyan's other doubles victory, advancing past Maddie Dewire and Camille Smukler of Amherst, 8-5.
- In their first match together, the duo of Kiseleva and Helen Klass-Warch were defeated 8-6 by Avery Wagman and Anya Ivenitsky of Amherst.
- Daniela Alvare '21 made her college debut alongside Julia Kim '20, though the pair will have to wait for their first victory together, as they lost 8-4 at the hands of Amherst's Vickie Ip and Kelsey Chen.
- Day 2 of the MIT Invitational will feature the singles and doubles quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, along with two rounds of consolation matches for first round losers in both singles and doubles, meaning all Cardinals will be in action yet again. Play is scheduled to begin at 9am.