Men's Tennis Set to Face Stevenson University Tomorrow in NCAA Second Round

Michael Zhao and Pablo Ampudia shake hands during a doubles match. NCAA Tennis Championship logo in top right corner.


Cambridge, Mass. (May 9) –
The MIT men's tennis team, which won its 21st straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship over the weekend, is set to open the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship Tournament on Friday, May 10 at 8:30 am. The Engineers will take on Stevenson University in the second round on the campus of Middlebury College in Vermont tomorrow.

MIT vs. the Rest of Regional Field: MIT has never faced Stevenson University and the Engineers are 0-4 all-time against the host Panthers of Middlebury College. Two of the four meetings between MIT and Middlebury have come in the NCAA Tournament and the last time the two teams met was last season as the Panthers edged the Engineers, 6-3, in Cambridge.

A Look at the Engineers: MIT enters the NCAA Tournament this weekend with a record of 13-5 and is coming off its 21st straight NEWMAC Championship. The Engineers are led by seniors Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) who have posted 18 and 15 wins, respectively, in singles action and a combined mark of 12-3 in doubles play. Barr is ranked 13th and Cauneac is 22nd according to the latest ITA singles regional rankings, while the duo is ranked 12th in the doubles top-15.

A Look at the Mustangs: Stevenson enters tomorrow's match coming off a dominant 5-0 win over Clarks Summit in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mustangs are 17-2 overall and claimed their first MAC Commonwealth Championship last weekend. Drew Ryan, Andre Sturniolo and Douglas Vaughn lead Stevenson with 15 wins a piece in singles play, while Sturniolo and Vaughn have teamed up for a 17-3 mark in doubles action.

A Look at the Panthers: Middlebury, the defending NCAA Division III National Champions and currently the No. 6 team in the country, enter the NCAA Tournament with a record of 16-6 after getting through Tufts, Wesleyan and Amherst in the NESCAC Championship. Adam Guo and Noah Farrell lead the Panthers in singles with 21 and 20 wins, respectively, while the best doubles team for Middlebury is Farrell and Peter Martin who have a 16-8 record this year.

MIT All-Time in the NCAA Tournament:
MIT is 16-25 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and this year marks the team's 23rd straight appearance in the national bracket. The Engineers have reached the NCAA regional final eight different times in those appearances.

Last Season in the NCAA Tournament:
In the 2018 NCAA Tournament regional round, MIT topped Cabrini University, 5-0, in the first round before falling to No. 24 Johns Hopkins University, 5-1, in the second round. Both matches last season took place at Middlebury's Proctor Tennis Courts.

NEWMAC All-Conference Selections:
Barr was named as the NEWMAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Year for the second straight season yesterday, while Cauneac, Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) all were placed on the NEWMAC All-Conference Singles Team.


Friday, May 10

MIT vs. Stevenson University - 8:30 am
Middlebury vs. Goucher - 11:00 am

Saturday, May 11
Regional Final - 10:00 am

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