May 23, 2013

Zhang Wins First Match in Opening Round of NCAAs, Falls in Second Match

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - In his first solo trip to the NCAA Division III Championships, junior Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) won his first match in the opening round at Kalamazoo College on Thursday morning. With his win, he advanced to the Round of 16 that was played later on in the day.

After a well-played match, he ultimately fell to his opponent, ending his national's journey. The last MIT men's tennis player to make it to the individual NCAA Championships was Tom Dohlman back in 2007.

To kick off the Championships, Zhang was paired with Artsiom Prostak of NC Wesleyan in the Round of 32. He easily won both sets with a score of 6-3, 6-2, knocking Prostak out of the tournament and moving himself on to the next round.

In the Round of 16, Zhang faced Aaron Skinner from Trinity (Texas), having to fight a little harder than he did earlier in the day. After being able to sneak in a few points in both sets, Zhang was defeated by Skinner with a score of 6-2, 6-2.

Zhang wrapped up his impressive season with a record of 13-6, playing every singles and doubles match at the No. 1 spot. The junior, who was named the Athlete of the Year at last month's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship, was also named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team and was just honored with the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.

The Engineers ended their season ranked 29th in the nation and fifth in the Northeast region. Zhang appeared on the singles list ranked fifth, while the pairing of Zhang and classmate Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) was seventh in doubles action.