CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 28 MIT's men's tennis split its matches on Saturday afternoon, defeating the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) faceoff, 8-1, before falling to #12 Bowdoin College by a score of 5-4. Tech is 7-4 on the season and is first in the NEWMAC with its record of 3-0 in league action.
Senior Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) was the only Engineer to win both of his singles matches. He first won against the Bears' Robert Renfrow, 6-2, 6-4, before going head to head against Luke Trinka of Bowdoin, winning by a score of 6-3, 7-6 (3-0).
Coast Guard's lone victory came at No. 1 doubles, when Mark Guentert and Weston Fortna had an 8-1 win over senior Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and sophomore Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.). Classmates Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.) and Dennis Garcia (Corpus Christi, Texas) handed Renfrow and Alex Mead an 8-1 loss, while freshman Moseley Andrews (Ross, Calif.) and junior Jeffrey Sperling (Los Angeles, Calif.) won against John Lightner and Townsend Hirst by the same score.
The highlight of the first match came at No. 3 when junior Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) won the first set, 6-3, but fell to Fortna in the second, 4-6. With it coming down to the final set, Oh was able to pick up a 10-7 decision to take the win.
In match two, the Engineers took a 3-0 lead after doubles. Wu and Wang had a close 8-6 win over Sam King and Kyle Wolstencroft at No. 1, while Zhang and Oh defeated Trinka and Chase Savage, 8-6, at No. 2. To end doubles action, Bu and Garcia won against Peter Davis and Eric Chien by a score of 8-5.
Three of the six singles matches went to three sets, with the Polar Bears coming out on top in all of them. At No. 2, Wang fell to King in his first set, 0-6, before winning the second by a score of 6-0. King took the third set, 6-2. In the fifth spot, Bu picked up a 6-2 victory in the second set, but fell to Savage in the first and third, 7-4, 6-0. At No. 6, Garcia had a 6-3 win in his first set against Hugh Mo, but dropped the final two, 3-6, 2-6.
Tech has just two more home matches of the 2014 season. On Thursday, April 10, the Engineers will host Salem State University at 4:00 p.m. and, on Saturday, April 12, NEWMAC rival Clark University will head to campus for a 1:00 p.m. match.