No. 22 Men's Tennis Blanks Southern Maine, 9-0

Senior Avi Walden
Senior Avi Walden

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 22 MIT 9, University of Southern Maine 0

- Records: No. 22 MIT (7-0); University of Southern Maine (0-2)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble)

- The Lead: The No. 22 nationally-ranked MIT men's tennis team extended its win streak to seven on Friday afternoon as the Engineers blanked the University of Southern Maine inside the J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble.

HOW IT HAPPENED:


-  The Engineers gave up just three games all afternoon as MIT secured the 9-0 win to improve to 2-0 in the all-time series with the University of Southern Maine. MIT's other win against the Huskies came as an 8-1 decision on March 12, 2015.

- MIT sophomore Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) highlighted the Engineers' efforts as he claimed a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles and an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles with junior Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.)

- The other two doubles teams comprised of sophomore Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and freshman Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) at No. 2 as well as junior Omar Gonzalez (San Juan, Texas) and freshman Nate Newhouse (New York, N.Y.) at No. 3 earned duplicate 8-0 victories. As a team, Gonzalez and Newhouse improved to 2-0 together in doubles action this season.

- Five of the six singles matches which featured Cauneac at No. 1, senior Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) at No. 3, sophomore Henry La Soya (Los Angeles, Calif.) at No. 4, senior Avi Walden (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) at No. 5 and Newhouse at No. 6 were played to 6-0, 6-0 decisions in favor of the Engineers, while freshman Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) won his match at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-1.

- Both La Soya and Walden remained undefeated in singles play this spring at 2-0, while Newhouse earned the first singles win of his collegiate career this afternoon.

UP NEXT:

- MIT heads to No. 3 Bowdoin College for a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament Third Round contest on Saturday, April 1 beginning at 2:00 p.m., while Southern Maine heads to Western Connecticut State University for its Little East Conference (LEC) opener on Saturday, April 8 at noon.

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