May 14, 2011

Men's Tennis Bows Out of NCAA Regionals

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – MIT's mens tennis season came to a close on Saturday as the Engineers fell to the Bowdoin Polar Bears in the second round of the NCAA regional tournament. Bowdoin advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals with a 5-0 win over M.I.T. at Middlebury College.

Bowdoin jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead behind three doubles wins, two of them convincingly. The #1 doubles match was tight, with Stephen Sullivan and Oscar Pena edging Matt Skalak and Ken VanTilburg in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (4). Larry Pang and Curtis Wu fell 8-2 at second doubles and Robert Wheeler and Andrew Cooper fell 8-4 to Kent Winingham and Casey Grindor at the third spot.

The Polar Bears took a 4-0 advantage when Sullivan was able to defeat Edwin Zhang, 6-1, 6-3 at #1 singles. Bowdoin sealed the match at #4, when Pena topped Larry Pang, 6-4, 6-2 to put the Polar Bears in the Regional Final.

M.I.T.'s Matt Skalak took the first set at #6 singles 7-5 over Michael Power, but Bowdoin was up a set in the other three unfinished singles matches.

The Polar bears (13-6) will take on the winner of the Middlebury/Stevens match on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. MIT finishes the season with a 14-5 record and a NEWMAC regular season and conference tournament championship.