Men’s Tennis Bounces Back with Shutout of Salem State

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The MIT men's tennis team, ranked 22nd in the ITA's latest national poll, had little difficulty in upending Salem State University after suffering their second loss of the year. The Engineers blanked the Vikings 9-0 on Tuesday afternoon at JB Carr Tennis Bubble.

Troy Astorino and Robert Wheeler won 8-1 at second doubles and were perfect in singles play. Astorino beat Kristian Biedyl 6-0, 6-0 at fifth singles while Wheeler defeated Joe Kim 8-0 in a pro-set at sixth singles. Ken Van Tilburg and Matthew Skalak beat Shawn Dowen and Alex Eisath 8-4 at first doubles.

Eisath also fell 6-1, 6-1 to Edwin Zhang at first singles while Curtis Wu defeated Eglis Bizhoti 6-1, 6-2 in the second singles match.

With the win, the Engineers bounced back from being on the wrong side of a 9-0 score on Saturday, when they were swept by the Amerst Lord Jeffs. All three doubles matches were close, but Joey Fritz and Justin Reindel edged Larry Pang and Curtis Wu at No. 2, 9-7. Fritz and Reindel had little trouble in singles play, as Fritz earned a 6-3, 6-0 win over Brian Oldfield at No. 3 and Reindel defeated Matthew Skalak at No. 4, 6-1, 6-2.

MIT is now 5-1 on the spring season and 5-2 overall. They will begin their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference schedule on Saturday when they host Coast Guard Academy at 1:00 PM. The Vikings fall to 0-2 on the season and will play at Endicott on Thursday at 3:30 PM.