CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's men's tennis team made it three in a row to open the spring season this afternoon as the Engineers took a 7-0 victory over Salem State University. With the win MIT improves to 4-2 while Salem State fell to 0-1 with the loss.
MIT took the early advantage with wins in all three of the doubles matches. Juniors Brian Oldfield (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) and Andrew Cooper (Albuquerque, N.M.) started things off on the right foot at No. 1 doubles with an 8-1 win. The Engineers also took an 8-3 decision at No. 3 before completing the sweep with a close, 8-6 win at No. 3 where the team of freshmen Christopher Hunter (Melville, N.Y.) and Jeffrey Sperling (Los Angles, Calif.) outlasted the Salem State duo of Joe Kim and Johan DaSilva.
In singles play MIT wrapped up the match with straight sets wins in the first four flights. Nos. 6 and 7 were not finished, with MIT up a set in each of those matches. Junior Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) had the most impressive win for MIT, taking a 6-0, 6-1 victory at the No. 3 position. Senior Elia Hamatz (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) took a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 over Eglis Bizhoti, while junior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) dropped just three games in his No. 4 match as well, getting a 6-1, 6-2 triumph. Oldfield picked up the other win for the Engineers, scoring a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Matt Lee at No. 2 singles.
MIT will swing back into action on Saturday, March 8 when the Engineers will host their fourth straight match to start the spring season when Colby College visits Cambridge for a match that will begin at 3:30 p.m.