SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – MIT men's tennis completed another perfect season in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play by blanking Springfield College with a score of 9-0 on Thursday afternoon. With this win, the Engineers, who are ranked 20th nationally and sixth in the region, became the NEWMAC regular season champions for the 15th consecutive year and secured hosting privileges for the championships that will be held this weekend.
MIT, who wrapped up the season with a record of 16-1 and 5-0 in conference play, started the match off well in doubles by switching up the pairings. Seniors Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) and Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.), who were playing for the first time at No. 1 this season, defeated Benjamin Burnap and Joe Giannelli with a score of 8-5.
Classmate Brian Oldfield (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) and freshman Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.) teamed up for the first time to win a close match against Kyle Mersereau and Alex Orban at No. 2 with a score of 9-8. Senior Troy Astorino (Arcadia, Calif.) and sophomore Jeffrey Sperling (Los Angeles, Calif.), also a new duo, easily won against Zac Goldstein and Cody Rodrigues, 8-2, at No. 3.
Still relatively new to the top spot in singles, Pang was able to win against Mersereau in three back-and-forth sets. In the first set, he clinched the win with a score of 6-4, but dropped the second, 7-6. He came back to win the third easily with a score of 10-3. The match between Skalak and Burnap at No. 2 also went to three sets after Skalak lost the first one, 6-4, but rallied to win the final two, 7-6, 10-5. Playing for the second time at No. 3 this season, Oldfield won against Gianneli, 6-3. 6-2.
Bu took a 6-1, 6-0 win over Orban at No. 4, while Astorino came out on top against Goldstein at No. 5 with a score of 7-5, 6-4. Sperling completed the scoring for the Engineers with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Joshua Robinson.
MIT will return to the courts on Saturday, April 27 when it faces No. 4 seed Wheaton College in the semifinal of the NEWMAC championships at 12:00 p.m. Following that match, No. 3 Clark University will face No. 2 Babson College and the winner of those two matches will play for the title on Sunday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m.