Men’s tennis NEWMAC performance is perfect

8-1 victory over Wheaton; 7th straight win

MIT Men’s Tennis stayed perfect in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference play this afternoon with an 8-1 victory over Wheaton College. The No. 28 Engineers won their seventh straight match and improved to 12-3 overall and 4-0 in the NEWMAC. Wheaton fell to 6-6 overall and 0-5 in the conference.

MIT quickly went up 3-0 with a sweep of the doubles matches as the Engineers surrendered just a total of two games in the three matches combined. The Engineers saw their No. 1 team of Matthew T. Skalak ’13 and Edwin M. Zhang ’14 win 8-1, as did their No. 2 team of Larry Pang ’13 and Eugene S. Oh ’15. At No. 3, it was an 8-0 decision in favor of juniors Brian K. Oldfield and Tymor C. Hamamsy.

In the singles portion of the match, MIT took all five of its wins in straight sets to quickly decide the outcome. Zhang won at No. 1 in a 6-2, 6-0 decision over Wheaton senior Oliver, with sophomore Curtis L. Wu winning by the same score over Wheaton sophomore Ned Terrace at No. 3. Skalak defeated another sophomore by a 6-3, 6-1 score, while senior Robert W. Wheeler won his No. 5 contest in a 6-1, 6-3 decision. Freshman Jeffrey M. Sperling completed the MIT scoring at No. 6, where he prevailed over Wheaton freshman Brendon Pickering, 6-0, 6-2.

Wheaton scored its point of the match in singles play when one of their sophomores came from a set down in his No. 2 match with Oldfield to take a 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory.

MIT will meet the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in a battle of NEWMAC undefeated teams that will decided the No. 1 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament on April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in New London, Conn. Wheaton will host Colby-Sawyer College tomorrow at noon in its final match of the regular season.