CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It took a comeback in singles play, but the MIT men's tennis team was able to escape with a 5-4 victory over the Tufts Jumbos on Wednesday in non-conference action. Tufts took two of three points at doubles but the Engineers were able to snag four of the six singles victories at JB Carr Tennis Bubble.
Andrew Lutz and Kai Victoria took care of business at first doubles for Tufts, winning 9-8, while Paul Kohnstamm and Sam Laber captured third doubles 8-5. Larry Pang and Curtis Wu were able to rescue a point for the Engineers, edging Morrie Bossen and Mark Westerfield by ann 8-6 count.
Victoria and Lutz could not do the job in singles as they were taken down by two Engineers. Edwin Zhang beat Victoria 6-2, 6-0 at first singles while Ken Van Tilburg handled Lutz 7-5, 6-1 in the second slot. Wu also contributed to the MIT effort, winning 6-4, 6-1 at fifth singles, while Brian Oldfield took care of the Jumbos' Patrick Monaghan 6-2, 7-6. Austin Blau and Ben Barad secured singles victories for the visitors, but it was not even to stop Tech from emerging with the slim victory.
MIT improves to 9-4 on the season and will play their first away match of the spring on April 16th. The Engineers will travel to Springfield College and put their 3-0 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) record on the line at 1:00 PM. The Jumbos drop to 7-4 and will play a NESCAC match on Friday at 4:00 PM at Colby.