- Score: No. 1 MIT 5, No. 4 Wheaton College 0
- Records: MIT (10-7), Wheaton (8-9)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (DuPont Tennis Courts)
- The Lead: Facing each other for the first time in the NEWMAC Men's Tennis Championship Tournament since 2013, top-seeded MIT defeated No. 4 Wheaton College, 5-0, in semifinal action on Wednesday afternoon. The victory keeps the Engineers in the hunt for their 20th straight NEWMAC title.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- All three Wheaton doubles teams won the first game of its matches, however, MIT came away with a sweep. The No. 3 tandem of junior Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and sophomore Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) gradually built a 6-3 lead en route to an 8-4 win over Diego Garcia Anton and Zach Strempel. After conceding the first game at the top spot, junior Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and sophomore Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) rattled off five straight victories before going on to capture an 8-4 decision against Jeremiah Ryser and Javier Esteban de Celis. In a tight No. 2 doubles match, Jorge Aguirre Martinez and Ned Roosevelt inched out to a 6-5 lead but freshmen Michael Zhao (Princeton Junction, N.J.) and Pablo Ampudia (San Antonio, Texas) battled back for an 8-6 win.
- Barr picked up the first point in singles action after he defeated Aguirre Martinez, 6-2, 6-1, in the No. 1 slot. Moments later, Go clinched the victory with a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Roosevelt in the No. 4 position. At the time the match ended, Cauneac led Ryser, 6-4, 4-1, in the No. 2 position, Cheng was up 5-3 against Esteban de Celis in the next slot, Deng held a 5-4 edge over Strempel in the No. 5 spot, and senior Omar Gonzalez (San Juan, Texas) had a 5-2 advantage over Garcia Anton in the sixth slot.
- MIT will host either No. 2 Babson College or No. 3 U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the championship match on Sunday, May 6 at 12:00 p.m.