LEWISTON, Maine – After four straight wins to start the spring season, the No. 28 MIT men's tennis squad suffered its first defeat of the spring to No. 29 Bates College. Playing on the road for the first time this season the Engineers were handed a 6-3 setback by the Bobcats.
Bates started the match off by sweeping the doubles matches to take an early 3-0 advantage. The closest that MIT could come in doubles came in the No. 1 match where the team of sophomore Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and junior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) fell to Matt Bettles and Rob Crampton, 8-3.
Zhang picked up a win for MIT in singles play, defeating Timmy Berg in the No. 1 match by a score of 6-3, 7-6 (5). Junior Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) and senior Elia Harmatz (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) both won closed three-set contests to keep the Engineers in the match. Harmatz bounced back from a first set loss at No. 4 to take a 3-6, 7-5, 10-7 victory, while Pang held off Pierre Planche by a 7-5, 4-6, 10-4 score.
That would prove to be all the points that the Engineers could pick up, as Bates won the Nos. 2 and 3 singles matches in straight sets to clinch the team victory.
MIT will be off for two weeks before opening New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference play on the road at Coast Guard on Saturday, March 31 starting at 1:00 p.m.