CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In what proved to be a close match, the MIT men's tennis team ultimately defeated Stevens Institute of Technology, 6-3. The Engineers are now 10-0 for the season, while the Ducks dipped to 2-5.
In the top spot of doubles, juniors Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) fell to Chris Rosensteel and Matthew Heinrich, 8-1 and, at No. 2, seniors Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) were defeated by Benjamin Foran and Shota Tasaki, 8-5. At No. 3, freshman Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) and senior Tymor Hamamasy (New York, N.Y.) came out on top against Tyler Tisdale and Derek Smith, 8-3.
Trailing 2-1 after doubles, the Engineers had some catching up to do going into singles. Zhang defeated Chris Rosensteel, 6-3, 6-2 in the top spot. He is now 6-2 in the No. 1 position. Heinrich was the only one of the Ducks to win a singles match, winning his first and third match against Pang, 6-2, 6-4. Pang won the second set 6-3. At No. 3, Wang had a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Foran.
Skalak won his first set against Tasaki, 6-3, lost the second one, 6-1, but came back to win the third, 6-3 at No. 4. Wu had an exciting three set match against Tisdale, winning the first, 6-2, falling in the second, 6-3 and taking the third, 6-3. Bu easily defeated Smith, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 6 to end the day.
MIT will open NEWMAC play during its first away match of the season next Saturday, March 30 when they travel to Newton, Mass. to face Wheaton College at 1:00 p.m.