CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In its second match in the past two days, the No. 20 nationally-ranked MIT men's tennis team defeated New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Coast Guard with a score of 8-1. The Engineers are now 14-1 for the season and 4-0 in NEWMAC action, while the Bears are 3-9 and 1-2 in conference play.
At No. 1 doubles, junior Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and senior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) defeated Mark Gunetert and Weston Fortna with a score of 8-2. The duo is now 4-2 in the top spot.
Coast Guard's one point came at No. 2, when freshman Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) and sophomore Eugene Oh (Alparetta, Ga.) fell to Robert Renfrow and Blake Maurer, 8-6. Freshmen Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.) and Dennis A Garcia (Corpus Christi, Calif.) paired up for the third time this season to defeat Jon Lightner and Andrew Bryson at No. 3 with a score of 8-1.
In singles, Zhang defeated Maurer at No. 1 with a score of 6-2, 7-5. At No. 2, Wang won against Renfrow, 6-1, 6-1 and Garcia won his first set against Gunetert, 6-4 and then won a tiebreaker, 3-0, to take the match with a score of 7-6.
Skalak won his first set against Fortna, 6-1, but dropped the second one, 6-4, before picking up a win in the third, 7-5, at No. 4. Bu easily defeated Bryson with a score of 6-0, 6-0 at No 5, and, to end the match, senior Tymor Hamamasy (New York, N.Y.) won his first set against Lightner, 6-2, dropped the second, 6-3, and won the third set with a score of 10.5.
MIT will return to action on Friday, April 19 when it travels to Somerville, Mass. to face Tufts University at 4:00 p.m.