SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - At its first match in over two weeks, the MIT men's tennis team blanked Springfield College on the road on Saturday afternoon. Tech is currently 4-2 on the season. In the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings that had the Engineers' ranked 28th in the country, also had them 10th in the Northeast region.
Switching the doubles teams up a little bit, the Engineers took an easy 3-0 lead before heading into singles action. Sophomore Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) and senior Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) defeated Tanner DeVarennes and Joe Giannelli at No. 1 by a score of 8-4. At No. 2, senior Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and freshman Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) won against Justin Danielewicz and Kyle Beynor, also by a score of 8-4. Wrapping up doubles at No. 3 were sophomores Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.) and Justin Cheung (Sydney, Australia), who were victorious over Cody Rodrigues and Joshua Robinson, 8-2.
Zhang and DeVarennes battled at No. 1 singles, with Zhang winning the first set, 6-2, and DeVarennes taking the second set, 7-5. With it coming down to the third set, Zhang won by a score of 10-7. At No. 2, Wang defeated Danielewicz by a score of 6-1, 6-1, and Gea won against Beynor at No. 3, 6-0, 6-2.
At No. 4, Wu and Giannelli went to three sets, with the MIT senior winning the first set, 6-2, and the Springfield senior taking the second set by the same score. In a very close final set, Wu was victorious with his score of 10-8. Bu had a 6-0, 6-2 win over Rodrigues at No. 5 and, at No. 6, sophomore Alex Jaffe (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) handed Robinson a 6-1, 6-3 loss.
Tech has six consecutive home matches to play from now through the middle of next month. First up for the Engineers will be a match against Gustavus Adolphus College on Tuesday, April 1, before opening New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play against Wheaton College the following day.