MIT Men’s Tennis Stays Perfect In NEWMAC Play with Win Over Wheaton

Sophomore Edwin Zhang
Sophomore Edwin Zhang

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's men's tennis team stayed perfect in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference play this afternoon with an 8-1 victory over Wheaton College. The No. 28 Engineers won their seventh straight match and improved to 12-3 overall and 4-0 in the NEWMAC. Wheaton fell to 6-6 overall and 0-5 in the conference. 

MIT quickly went up 3-0 with a sweep of the doubles matches as the Engineers surrendered just a total of two games in the three matches combined. The Engineers saw their No. 1 team of junior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and sophomore Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.)  win 8-1, as did their No. 2 team of junior Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) and freshman Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.). At No. 3 it was an 8-0 decision in favor of juniors Brian Oldfield (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) and Tymor Hamamasy (New York, N.Y.).

In the singles portion of the match MIT took all five of its wins in straight sets to quickly decide the outcome. Zhang won at No. 1 in a 6-2, 6-0 decision over senior Neall Oliver (Portland, Maine), with sophomore Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) winning by the same score over sophomore Ned Terrace (Chappaqua, N.Y.) at No. 3. Skalak defeated sophomore Sam Jackson (Darien, Conn.) by a 6-3, 6-1 score, while senior Robert Wheeler (Denton, Texas) won his No. 5 contest in a 6-1, 6-3 decision.  Freshman Jeffrey Sperling (Los Angles, Calif.) completed the MIT scoring at No. 6 where he prevailed over freshman Brendon Pickering (Merrimack, Mass.), 6-0, 6-2.

Wheaton scored its point of the match in singles play when sophomore Dan Sharon (Santa Monica, Calif.) came from a set down in his No. 2 match with Oldfield to take a 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory.

MIT will meet the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in a battle of NEWMAC undefeated teams that will decided the No. 1 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament on April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in New London, Conn. Wheaton will host Colby-Sawyer College tomorrow at Noon in its final match of the regular season.