April 25, 2005

Men's Tennis Captures Seventh NEWMAC Regular Season Title

April 25, 2005

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Wheaton College Sports Information

NORTON, Mass. - MIT posted a hard-fought 4-3 victory over NEWMAC foe Wheaton College on Saturday. With the win, the Engineers captured their seventh consecutive regular season crown along the with No. 1 seed heading into the NEWMAC Championship Tournament this weekend. MIT, ranked 10th in the Northeast, saw its overall record improve to 6-3 and conference mark to 5-0, while the Lyons, ranked ninth in the region, move to 14-3 on the season and 4-1 in the NEWMAC.

Wheaton and MIT battled through three tight doubles matches and four three-set singles contest, as the difference proved to be the elusive doubles point. The Engineers claimed the top two doubles matches, including a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the first position. Trailing, 8-7, Evan Tindell and Thomas Dohlman bounced back to post a 9-8 win over Matt Sheers and Payum Payman.

Tech's Mark Egan and Eric Beren earned an 8-6 victory over Nick Potter and Jared Karlebach to clinch the doubles point. The Lyons' Brian Danishevsky and Brad Dressler won 8-5 in the No. 3 position, defeating Kevin Durand and Jonathan Farm.

In singles play, the two teams split the six decisions, but it was Wheaton that showed its resiliency in winning three of the four three-set matches. Sheers downed Dohlman, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 in the second slot, while Danishevsky beat Egan, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, at fourth singles. Dropping his first set, 6-4, to Farm, Dressler responded to win 6-3, 6-4 at fifth singles. Payman posted a 6-4 win against Tindell in the top spot, but Tindell emerged victorious with 6-3, 6-4 outcomes in the final sets. Beren and Durand had straight-set wins in the third and sixth slots, respectively.