First Round: Tyler Barr (MIT) def. Sebastian Sikh (NC Wesleyan) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Round of 16: Branden Metzler (Kalamazoo) def. Tyler Barr (MIT) - 7-6, 6-4
- Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee (Champions Tennis Club) – NCAA Division III Tennis Singles Championship Tournament
- The Lead: MIT men's tennis sophomore Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) became the program's 26th All-American with his three-set win in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Singles Championship Tournament on Thursday afternoon at the Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Today marked Barr's first career appearance in the individual national tournament and is the first Engineer to reach the singles tournament since the 2012-13 season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In his first match of the day, Barr defeated North Carolina Wesleyan junior Sebastian Sikh by a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 three set score. Coming into today's opening round of the tournament, Barr was ranked ninth in the Northeast Regional rankings, while Sikh was seventh in the Atlantic South Region. Barr's win earned him All-America honors – becoming the 26th All-American in program history and first since Edwin Zhang '14 did it back during the 2012-13 campaign.
- Barr moved onto the round of 16 later in the afternoon where he faced senior Branden Metzler – the tournament's fifth seed from Kalamazoo College. Barr had a 5-2 lead in the first set, but Metzler came back to win the opening set by a 7-6 score and then took the second set 6-4 as he earned a spot on the quarterfinal round, while Barr bowed out of his first ever NCAA Division II Singles Tournament with a record of 1-1.
- Barr ends his 2016-17 campaign with a team-best overall record of 17-6 this spring. The sophomore went 12-3 at No. 1 singles, 1-0 at No. 2 singles and 2-1 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. Through two seasons with the MIT men's tennis team, Barr has compiled 30 wins, while led the Engineers during that span.
- Barr also led his Engineers to their 19th straight NEWMAC Championship after defeating Springfield College and Babson College in the league's single elimination tournament. After clinching the conference title, Barr and the Engineers earned a first round bye in the NCAA Tournament and reached the Regional Championship match against No. 7 Bowdoin College after blanking No. 40 Stevens, 5-0.
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Barr Closes Season As All-American At NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Singles Championship