NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - An outstanding doubles effort, combined with wins in four of six singles, helped propel the Lyons tennis team to a 7-2 win over Smith in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday. With the win, the Lyons move to 5-2 (3-2 NEWMAC), while the Pioneers slip to 1-3 (0-3 NEWMAC).
MHC's top flight pair of sophomore Ayame Yazawa and first year Ching-Ching Huang posted a solid 8-5 win over Smith's duo of sophomores Noa Dubin and Sam Peikes. In the second flight, senior captain Alexa Colas and first year Catherine Peabody made it a 2-0 lead for the visitors with an 8-3 win against Pioneers' senior Margaret Anne Smith and sophomore Joanna Kim.
Singles action saw MHC go up 4-0 as Yazawa posted a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Dubin at one. Chen helped push the advantage to 5-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 win against senior Kelli Cheung at six, but the Pioneers grabbed one back as first year Toula Sierros bested MHC sophomore Madison Rosen, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 at five.
Huang helped the Lyons rebound at two, defeating Peikes in a 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7) battle, while junior Ishita Tibrewal notched MHC's seventh and final point at three with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 1-0 (10-2) win over Kim.
The Pioneers rounded out the match with a fourth flight victory as Smith recorded a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8) win against Peabody.
Mount Holyoke returns to action this weekend when it competes at the ITA Northeast Regionals, hosted by MIT. Action runs from Friday through Sunday. Smith is back on the courts next Tuesday, traveling to Springfield for a 5pm match.