No. 32 Men's Tennis Falls Just Short to No. 9 Brandeis on Friday

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THE BASICS:

Score: No. 9 Brandeis University 5, No. 32 MIT 4

Records: No. 32 MIT (6-5); No. 9 Brandeis University (14-3)

Location: Cambridge, Mass. (DuPont Tennis Courts)

The Lead: The No. 32 ranked MIT men's tennis team fought back and forth with No. 9 ranked Brandeis University, but ultimately fell by a 5-4 final on Friday afternoon in Cambridge. The score was tied at 4-4 heading into the final singles match and it was Jeff Chen who clinched the match for the Judges at No. 4.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Brandeis jumped out to a 2-1 edge after doubles play as the Judges took matches at No. 2 and No. 3. However, MIT's No. 1 pairing of seniors Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.), who are ranked 13th in New England, topped the sixth-ranked team in the region of David Aizenberg and Anupreeth Coramutla, 8-5.

- At No. 2 doubles sophomores Michael Zhao (Princeton Junction, N.J.) and Pablo Ampudia (San Antonio, Texas) were edged by Chen and Adam Tzeng, 8-7, and at No. 3 doubles junior Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) and senior Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) fell to Colt Tegtmeier and Tyler Ng, 8-3.

- In singles play, MIT was able to even the score up at 4-4, but Chen clinched the match for Brandeis with his three-set win over Go at No. 4. Barr came from a set down to defeat Aizenberg, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1, Cauneac swept Coramutla 6-2, 6-3 in straight sets at No. 2 and Zhao earned a 6-3, 6-2 win over Nikhil Das at No. 5. The Judges took points at No. 3 and No. 6 before the match came down to No. 4 singles.

- Go dropped the first set 6-3 but rallied to win the second 7-6 however it was Chen who came out on top 6-2 in the final set giving the No. 9 Judges the road win over the Engineers.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action tomorrow with a home match against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy beginning at 12:00 pm.

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