MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – M.I.T. had little trouble with Hunter (11-5), picking up a 5-1 win in an NCAA first-round match played at Middlebury College. The Engineers (14-4) advance to a second-round match on Saturday.
The Engineers got wins from all three of their doubles teams, first from Robert Wheeler and Andrew Cooper at third doubles and Larry Pang and Curtis Wu at second doubles by matching 8-2 scores. Leading 2-0, M.I.T's Ken Van Tilburg and Matt Skalak outlasted Yevgeny Perepelov and Luis Quintero, by a score of 9-7 to make it a 3-0 match.
Hunter got on the board at #1 singles when Perepelov topped Edwin Zhang, 6-1, 6-1. M.I.T. answered at #6, when Robert Wheeler was a 6-0, 6-2 winner over Robert Frischling-Sosman to give his team a 4-1 lead. Andrew Cooper sealed the victory for the Engineers at #5, topping Mark Goldfinger, 6-0, 6-1. M.I.T. was up a set in two of the final three matches that did not finish.
The Engineers will face the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College on Saturday at 10:00 AM. MIT suffered a slim defeat to Bowdoin by a 5-4 margin on April 9th of this year.
In the other first round match, Stevens Institute of Technology beat Drew by a 5-2 score and earned the right to face host Middlebury in the other regional semifinal beginning at 2:00 PM.