MIT Men's Tennis Advances to NEWMAC Finals With Win over Wheaton

Senior Matthew Skalak
Senior Matthew Skalak

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the semifinal of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's tennis tournament, host MIT defeated Wheaton College with a score of 5-0, earning a spot in the finals tomorrow. The Engineers improved to 17-1 with the victory, while the Lyons ended their season with a record of 10-7.

In doubles action, MIT's No. 3 team of freshman Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) and sophomore Eugene Oh (Alparetta, Ga.) scored the first point of the day, taking an 8-3 win over Dennis Scarpa and David Gassen. The Engineers' No. 2 team of seniors Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) won over Dan Sharon and Ned Terrace with a score of 8-2. To wrap up doubles, MIT's pairing of juniors Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) took an 8-4 win over Jonah Feit and Will White at No. 1.

In singles play, Pang put MIT within one point of the win, defeating White at No. 2 with a score of 6-0, 6-1. Skalak clinched the victory for the Engineers, scoring a 6-2, 6-0 decision over Sam Jackson at the No. 5 spot. With the outcome of the match already determined, the final four singles matches were not played.

MIT will look to win its 15th consecutive NEWMAC title tomorrow when it faces the winner of the Clark University/Babson College match in the tournament final at 1:00 p.m.