Top-Seeded MIT Defeats #5 Coast Guard in NEWMAC Semifinals

Senior Edwin Zhang
Senior Edwin Zhang

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After sweeping the doubles matches, No. 1 seed MIT men's tennis team went on to defeat No. 5 seed Coast Guard Academy by a score of 5-0 at the semifinals of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament in the J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Tech improved to 12-5 on the season and will advance to the finals of the Tournament tomorrow, while the Bears ended their season with a record of 6-11.

Senior Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and freshman Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) won the first point in doubles play for MIT, taking an 8-0 decision over Robert Renfrow and Alex Mead at No. 2. Next to finish were sophomores Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.) and Dennis Garcia (Corpus Christi, Texas) with their 8-1 victory over John Lightner and Townsend Hirst in the No. 3 spot. Junior Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) and sophomore Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) picked up the third win at No. 1, defeating Mark Guentert and Weston Fortna by a score of 8-5 in a very close, back-and-forth match.

Just two singles matches were completed, leaving the rest unfinished. First to finish was Zhang, who had a 6-1, 6-0 win over Renfrow at No. 1 and, in the second position, Wang won his first set by a score of 6-1 and was winning the second, 5-1, before suspending play. It was Bu's 6-1, 6-2 victory over Mead that added Tech's fifth point to the board and ended the match.

MIT will look to win its 16th consecutive NEWMAC title tomorrow when it faces second-seeded Babson for the second consecutive year in the Tournament final at 1:00 p.m.