MIT Cruises Past Springfield in Men’s Tennis

Senior Biafra Ahanonu
Senior Biafra Ahanonu

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 28 MIT remained undefeated in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's tennis play this afternoon as the Engineers scored a 7-2 win over Springfield College. MIT took the top four singles flights in straight sets to clinch the victory and move its record to 10-3 (3-0 NEWMAC) for the season.

MIT won all three of the doubles matches to take control of the match early. The Engineers saw their No. 1 and No. 3 teams of junior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.)/sophomore Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and seniors Robert Wheeler (Denton, Texas)/Biafra Ahanonu (Tucson, Ariz.) each pick up 8-2 wins. The Engineers completed the sweep with the No. 2 pairing of juniors Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.)/Tymor Hamamasy (New York, N.Y.) defeating Doug Nickerson/Jesse Boyd by an 8-5 margin.

MIT kept it rolling in singles play, deciding the outcome with straight sets victories in the first four slots. At No. 1 senior Elia Harmatz (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) took a 6-2, 6-1 win over Kyle Mersereau, with sophomore Vlad Firoiu (Westford, Mass.) also dropping just three games in his 6-1, 6-2 victory over Nickerson. Junior Brian Oldfield (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) was a winner at No. 2 with a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Benjamin Burnap, while sophomore Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) completed the scoring for the Engineers with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 3 over Zach O'Leary.

MIT will host Emerson College in its next match, taking on the Lions on April 19 at 4:00 p.m.