No. 21 Men's Tennis Earns Program's 100th NEWMAC Win With 6-3 Victory Over Springfield

Senior Avi Walden
Senior Avi Walden

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 21 MIT 6, Springfield College 3

- Records: MIT (10-1, 2-0 NEWMAC); Springfield College (9-3, 1-1 NEWMAC)

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

- The Lead: The No. 21 nationally-ranked MIT men's tennis team earned the program's 100th New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory this afternoon as the Engineers bested Springfield College, 6-3, inside the J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble. MIT is now 100-1 all-time in NEWMAC regular season contests, which began at the beginning of the 1998-99 season.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- In doubles play, MIT claimed two of the three matches as they led 2-1 heading into singles. Sophomore Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and senior Avi Walden (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) blanked Tanner DeVarennes and Justin Danielewicz, 8-0, at No. 2 doubles, while sophomore Henry La Soya (Los Angeles, Calif.) and freshman Nate Newhouse (New York, N.Y.) earned a hard fought 8-6 decision at No. 3 doubles. At the top of the scoresheet, Springfield's Alex Romaine and Court Honda bested MIT's Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.) by an 8-4 score.

- Barr and Walden improved to 2-0 this spring together at No. 2 doubles, while La Soya and Newhouse earned their first victory as a duo at No. 3 doubles.

- In singles action, MIT freshman Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) clinched the match deciding point at the No. 2 position as he bested Romaine 6-2, 6-4 for his ninth win of the spring (9-2) and second NEWMAC win of his collegiate career. Go was followed by La Soya, who earned a 6-3, 6-3 win over Honda at No. 3 singles and senior Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.), who topped Danielewicz 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.

- MIT junior Omar Gonzalez (San Juan, Texas) claimed his first collegiate NEWMAC singles victory and first singles win of the season with a 6-0, 6-4 triumph at the No. 6 position. At No. 1 singles, Ko had a 7-5 lead after the opening set, but ultimately fell by a 5-7, 6-1, 10-7 final.

UP NEXT:

- MIT (10-1, 2-0 NEWMAC) returns to action on Wednesday as the Engineers will travel to Wheaton College for a NEWMAC tilt beginning at 4:00 p.m., while Springfield (9-3, 1-1 NEWMAC) hosts Coast Guard in conference play the same day at 4:00 p.m.

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