Williams, Mass. – Two members of the MIT men's tennis team won their first round singles matches and one pair won their opening doubles match at this weekend's ITA New England Regional Tournament on the campus of Williams College.
Curtis Wu was the most successful Engineer in the weekend event. Wu defeated Kayong Lee from Trinity College 6-3, 6-2 to reach the second round of play, where he fell to Rob Crampton of Bates College (1-6, 4-6) in a singles event eventually won by Williams sophomore Felix Sun.
Wu was also part of a doubles team, along with sophomore Larry Pang, who played to an opening round victory in doubles, an 8-2 rout of a team from Bates College. Wu and Pang fell in the second round of doubles play 8-3 to eventual champions Wes Waterman and Moeritz Koening of Amherst College.
The other doubles team consisted of Edwin Zhang and Brian Oldfield. On his own, Oldfield beat Brian Kantz of Wheaton College in singles (6-1, 6-4), but fell to Wesleyan's Jeff Legunn by an identical scoreline.
He and Zhang were unable to get by their first round opponents from Bowdoin College. Despite fighting to the bitter end, the MIT duo fell 9-8, dropping them into the consolation bracket where they bowed out 5-8 to the tandem of Edward Fitzgibbons and Zach Bruchmiller from Middlebury College.
The ITA event was the first of the 2010 season for a men's team coming off of a strong 2009 campaign. Last year saw the Engineers go 15-2 and swept New England Men's and Women's Conference (NEWMAC) play.