Top-Seeded Men's Tennis Blanks No. 4 Wheaton, 5-0, to Advance to NEWMAC Championship

Top-Seeded Men's Tennis Blanks No. 4 Wheaton, 5-0, to Advance to NEWMAC Championship

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 31 MIT 5, Wheaton College 0

- Records: No. 31 MIT (12-5); Wheaton College (10-9)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (DuPont Tennis Courts)

- The Lead: The No. 31 nationally-ranked and top-seeded MIT men's tennis team blanked fourth-seeded Wheaton College, 5-0, in the semifinal round of the 2019 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament on Wednesday afternoon in Cambridge.

The win pushed the Engineers' all-time NEWMAC Tournament record to 41-0 and MIT will now play in its 21st consecutive NEWMAC Championship match on Sunday, May 5 at noon against second-seeded Babson College. The meeting on Sunday against Babson will be the 12th all-time between the teams in the NEWMAC Tournament and seventh straight meeting in the league championship match.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT's No. 3 doubles tandem of senior Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and junior Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) raced out to a 5-0 lead en route to an 8-2 win over Ned Roosevelt and David Hernaez Sanz for the first point of the day. In the top spot, seniors Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) won four of the first five games against Ian Tracy and Javier Esteban de Celis before capturing an 8-3 victory. Sophomores Pablo Ampudia (San Antonio, Texas) and Michael Zhao (Princeton Junction, N.J.) built a 4-1 lead in the No. 2 position but Jorge Aguirre Martinez and Jeremiah Ryser stayed close, coming within 7-4 before MIT closed out the match with an 8-4 decision.

- Barr did not drop a game in his No. 1 singles straight-set victory over Tracy while Zhao clinched the match by defeating Aguirre Martinez, 6-2, 6-1, in the No. 4 spot.

- Esteban de Celis won the first set, 7-5, in the No. 2 slot but Cauneac claimed the first game of the next set when the match was halted. Ko led Hernaez Sanz, 6-0, 3-2, in the No. 3 position while junior Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) stood 6-1, 2-3 in his No. 5 match with Ryser. Senior Henry La Soya (Los Angeles, Calif.), meanwhile, won his opening set with Strempel, 6-4, in the last slot.

UP NEXT:

- Top-seeded MIT will play second-seeded Babson College on Sunday, May 5 in the 2019 NEWMAC Championship match beginning at noon on the DuPont Tennis Courts.

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