No. 17 Brandeis Rallies to Defeat No. 25 Men's Tennis, 5-4

No. 17 Brandeis Rallies to Defeat No. 25 Men's Tennis, 5-4

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 17 Brandeis University 5, No. 25 MIT 4

Records: No. 25 MIT (7-6); No. 17 Brandeis University (12-3)

Location: Waltham, Mass. (Gosman Athletic Center)

The Lead: In a match that took well over six hours, the No. 25 MIT men's tennis team was edged by No. 17 Brandeis University, 5-4, in a non-conference contest in Waltham. The Engineers trailed 2-1 after doubles, rallied to even the score at 4-4 in singles, but it was ultimately the Judges who took the No. 6 spot to win the match.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers were edged in doubles play, 2-1. MIT's No. 3 pairing of Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) defeated Nikhil Das and Rajan Vohra, 8-2. Brandeis' No. 1 pairing Anupreeth Coramutla and David Aizenberg, who are currently ranked fifth in New England, edged Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.), 9-8 (7-4), while the Judges also took No. 2 doubles, 8-6, for the early lead in the match.

- MIT took its first lead in the match by winning the singles points at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3. Barr came from one set down to defeat Aizenberg 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1, Cauneac topped Vohra 7-5, 6-2 in straight sets at No. 2 and Cheng rallied from a set down to earn a huge win over Jackson Kogan at No. 3 by a score of 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

- Brandeis tied the match at 4-4 after winning at No. 4 and No. 5 singles in straight sets. Nikhil Das defeated Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.)  6-3, 6-2 at No. 4, while Tyler Ng topped Go 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5.

- MIT's rally came up just short as freshman Pablo Ampudia (San Antonio, Texas) was edged by Zach Cihlar at No. 6 singles by a score of 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

UP NEXT:

- MIT heads to Springfield College for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match on Saturday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m.

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