Engineers Drop Match to Brandeis, 6-3
WALTHAM, Mass. - Two days after winning the regular season title for the 16th consecutive year and earning the right to host the upcoming New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament, No. 30 nationally ranked Brandeis University defeated the No. 16 regionally ranked MIT men's tennis team by a score of 6-3. Tech dipped to 11-5 on the season, while the Judges improved to 10-7.
Brandeis took all three doubles matches. At No. 3, sophomore Dennis Garcia (Corpus Christi, Texas) and freshman Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) threatened, but ultimately fell to Michael Secular and Jeff Cherkin by a score of 8-6.
Tech's first win of the day came at No. 2 singles, when sophomore Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) had a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Michael Arguello. Junior Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) followed suit and defeated Danny Lubarsky easily at No. 3, 6-1, 6-4 and, at No. 6, sophomore Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.) won over Cherkin by a score of 7-5, 6-2. Both Gea and senior Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) played three matches, winning the first, but falling in the second and third.
The Engineers' final match of the regular season will occur on Wednesday, April 23, when they travel down the road to Tufts University for a 3:30 p.m. tilt. This Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, the Cardinal and Gray will host the NEWMAC Tournament. Since it is the top seed, MIT will receive a bye and its first match of the weekend will be the semifinal on Saturday at 12:00 p.m., facing the winner of the Coast Guard/Wheaton College matchup.