Westwood, Mass. (May 8) – MIT men's tennis junior Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) became the eighth student-athlete in program history to be named as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year, when the league announced its All-Conference teams earlier this week.
Barr was joined on the All-Conference Singles team by Henry La Soya (Los Angeles, Calif.), while Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) earned NEWMAC All-Conference Doubles accolades. Additionally, La Soya was also placed on the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team and Cauneac was named as the NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
The Engineers captured their 20th straight NEWMAC Championship this past weekend as MIT blanked Wheaton, 5-0, the semifinals and topped Babson, 5-1, in the title match to earn the league's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship Tournament.
This spring, Barr went 9-4 from the No. 1 singles position for the Engineers including a perfect 4-0 mark in NEWMAC play, while La Soya matched Barr's effort in singles play during the NEWMAC schedule as he went 1-0 at No. 4 and 3-0 at No. 5. In doubles play, Cauneac and Go currently stand second on the team with five wins this year as the duo is 5-3 overall and went 3-1 in NEWMAC matches.
MIT (11-7) heads to Middlebury College for the regional round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship Tournament. The Engineers are scheduled to open play against Cabrini University on Friday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. Should MIT defeat Cabrini in the opening round, the Engineers would play No. 24 Johns Hopkins University on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The regional final match is scheduled to take place at noon on Sunday at top-ranked Middlebury.