Engineers Ousted by Williams at NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament

Sophomore Edwin Zhang

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Playing in the third-round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament, No. 29 MIT faced off against No. 3 Williams College on the Ephs home court with a trip to the national quarterfinals on the line. Williams proved to have too much firepower for MIT in this meeting, as the Ephs scored a 5-0 win to end the Engineers season.

Williams (17-2) took the first two points of the day with 8-4 and 8-2 wins at the No. 3 and No. 2 positions. In the top flight it was a close battle between the MIT team of junior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and sophomore Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and Williams' pair of Trey Meyer and Bryan Chow. Vying for the first point of the day for the Engineers, Skalak and Zhang traded points with their counterparts all the way through the match, but came out one break short in an 8-6 decision for the Ephs. 

Trailing by three going into singles play, MIT (16-5) could not get on the board before Williams had claimed the match. The Ephs scored point number four at No. 5 singles where junior Tymor Hamamasy (New York, N.Y.) fell in a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Chow. Zach Weiss finished off the victory for Williams at No. 4 singles with a 6-2, 6-3 win over junior Brian Oldfield (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands).