No. 22 Men's Tennis Edged By No. 13 Amherst, 6-3

Sophomore Sean Ko
Sophomore Sean Ko

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 13 Amherst College 6, No. 22 MIT 3

- Records: MIT (11-2); Amherst College (15-3)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (DuPont Tennis Courts)

- The Lead: In a battle of two nationally-ranked teams today, the No. 13 Mammoths of Amherst College edged the No. 22 Engineers of MIT, 6-3, on the DuPont Tennis Courts in Cambridge.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT sophomore Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and freshman Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) teamed up for the Engineers only doubles victory of the afternoon. The duo topped Jesse Levitin and Nathan Kaplan by an 8-2 score as they improved to 6-3 this spring together as a doubles unit. At No. 1 doubles, Amherst's Zach Bessette and Jayson Fung edged Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and junior Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.) by a 9-7 score, while Josh Marchalik and Oscar Burney topped Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.), 8-5.

- Barr came from one set down at No. 1 singles to earn one of two points for MIT in singles play. Marchalik won the opening set 7-6 and Barr battled back to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 for his seventh singles win of the spring (6-2 at No. 1). Cheng earned the only other point for the Engineers as he defeated Fung 6-1, 6-4 in straight sets at No. 3 singles.

- Both Cauneac and Ko played three-set thrillers in singles action and both had a first-set lead, but Amherst was too much for the Engineers as both fell in a third and decisive set. Cauneac won the first set 6-3 at No. 2 singles, but Bessette ended up winning 3-6, 7-5, 6-1, while Ko took the opening set 7-6, but dropped his match by a 7-6, 5-7, 2-6 final.

UP NEXT:

- MIT (11-2) returns to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action tomorrow as the Engineers head to Coast Guard for a 1:00 p.m. match, while Amherst (15-3) hosts Swarthmore College in a non-conference match beginning at noon tomorrow.

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