CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the second national team rankings of the season that were released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) yesterday, the MIT men's tennis team was ranked 20th in the country. Bates College, who fell to the Engineers, 6-3, on March 6, is 21st. The next ranking will be released on March 28, allowing MIT to play two more matches before then.
The undefeated Engineers currently have a record of 8-0, which is the longest they have remained unbeaten in the past few seasons. MIT blanked four of the opponents, preventing them from scoring at all throughout the match.
A staple in the top spot for singles, junior Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) holds a record of 5-2 at No.1. Senior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) holds a perfect 5-0 record, playing the majority of his matches at the No.4 position. Freshman Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.), too, remains undefeated with his 4-0 record, winning two matches at No.3, and one at both No.2 and No.1.
In doubles play, powerhouse duo Zhang and fellow junior Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) hold a record of 5-1, all of which were played at No.1. Freshmen Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Cali.) and Dennis A Garcia (Corpus Christi, Texas) have a 3-0 record at the No.3 position.
MIT will return to the courts on Thursday, March 21 when it hosts Salem State University at 4:00 p.m. and will return two days later to host Stevens Institute of Technology at 1:00 p.m. The first away match of the season, after having hosted ten different teams in a row, will take place on Saturday, March 30 when the Engineers head to Norton, Mass. to face NEWMAC rival Wheaton College at 1:00 p.m.