No. 20 Men's Tennis Tops No. 40 Stevens, 5-1, In Second Round Of NCAA Tournament

Junior Bryan Lilley
Junior Bryan Lilley

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 20 MIT 5, No. 40 Stevens 1 (NCAA Tournament Second Round)

- Records: MIT (18-4); Stevens Institute of Technology (12-14)

- Location: Falmouth, Maine (Foreside Fitness Tennis Center - Hosted By Bowdoin)

- The Lead:
The No. 20 ranked MIT men's tennis team earned a 5-1 win over No. 40 Stevens Institute of Technology on Friday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Due to wet courts this morning, the match was moved inside to Foreside Fitness Tennis Center in Falmouth. With the win, the Engineers registered their 18th win of the year, which tied the most that they have had since the 2012-13 season when they went 18-3.

Today marked third time that the Engineers and Ducks have met in the NCAA Tournament and in those three games MIT is 3-0 against Stevens. Last year, MIT earned a duplicate 5-1 win over Stevens in the second round of the national tournament, which took place at Bowdoin as well.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers got off to a slow start in doubles play, but were able to come away with two points heading into singles. Junior Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.) and sophomore Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) teamed up for an 8-3 win at No. 1, while freshman Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) and sophomore Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) edged William Persson and Divin Sarthak by an 8-6 score at No. 6. 

- Stevens got on the board at No. 2 doubles as Danny Polk and Michael Feldman topped freshman Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) and sophomore Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), 8-6 to make the score 2-1 in favor of MIT after doubles concluded.

- The Engineers top three singles players sealed the match and secured MIT's spot in the regional championship tomorrow as all three claimed straight-set victories. Barr defeated Henry 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 and was followed by Cauneac, who claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win over Polk at No. 2. Cheng registered the match clinching point at No. 3 as she bested Persson 6-3, 6-4.

- At the time that the match was over, Ko was ahead 6-3, 2-1 at No. 4 singles, senior Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) was leading 6-3, 5-4 at No. 6 singles and Go took the first set of his match 7-6 (3) and was trailing 1-2 in the second at No. 5.

UP NEXT:

- MIT (18-4) takes on No. 7 Bowdoin College tomorrow in the Regional Championship match beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Brunswick, Maine. Tomorrow's contest will be a rematch of last year's regional final game and will be the fifth meeting - fourth in the last five years - between programs in the NCAA Tournament. Stevens sees its season come to a close at 12-14. 

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