CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In a battle of the nationally ranked teams, the No. 28 MIT men's tennis team was defeated by No. 18 Gustavus Adolphus College on Tuesday afternoon at home in the J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble by a score of 8-1. Tech, which is also ranked 10th in the Northeast region, are now 5-3 on the season, while the Gusties improved to 18-3.
MIT's lone victory came at No. 2 doubles, when senior Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and junior Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) had a close 8-6 win over Juan Luis Chu and Joe MacGibbon. At No. 1, sophomore Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) and senior Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) fell to Mya Smith-Dennis and Motasem Al-Houni, 9-8 (3-0), while sophomore Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.) and freshman Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) had a 6-8 loss to Marcel Gyswyt and Andres Saenz Hoyo at No. 3.
In singles action, Wang won his second set against Smith-Dennis, 6-3, but was not able to pick up another win, falling in the other two sets by a 6-7, 5-7 decision. Oh narrowly lost to Grand Leisner in their first set at No. 3 by a 7-6 (5-0) decision, but the MIT junior was able to win the second set, 6-2. Though it remained close, Leisner was able to take the win in the final set, 6-3.
Tech wastes no time returning to the courts, as it will host New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Wheaton College tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.