Williamstown, Mass. – MIT's men's tennis team made its first appearance of the 2011-12 season this weekend as five players represented the Engineers at the ITA Northeast Regional competition hosted by Williams College. MIT picked up a pair of wins at the event that featured some of the top players in the region.
Junior Brian Oldfield (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) picked up one of the victories for MIT in the first round of the singles play, downing Danny Sharon of Wheaton, 6-0, 6-4. He was then bumped from the field in the second round by sixth-seed, and eventual tournament champion, Joey Fritz from Amherst, 6-1, 6-1. Playing in his first collegiate match, freshman Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) took a first-round, 6-1, 6-2 win over Austin Blau of Tufts. Like Oldfield, he was also defeated in the second round, dropping a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Chris Lord from Bowdoin.
Also playing for MIT were sophomores Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.), who was the No. 5 seed entering the tournament, and Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.). Both fell in the first round, however, with Zhang dropping a 6-3, 6-3, 2-6 (7) match to Teddy Fitzgibbons from Middlebury, while Wu fell to Brantner Jones, also from Middlebury, by a 6-1, 6-2 score.
Both of MIT's doubles teams fell in close first round matches. Oh and Wu formed one MIT duo, falling to fifth-seeded Fritz/Waterman from Amherst, 9-8 (5) in the first round. Zhang teamed with junior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) as MIT's second doubles entry, with the pair dropping a 9-8 (2) decision to Scheiner/Dale from Amherst.
MIT will play its first dual match of the season on Thursday, September 29 when it hosts Endicott at 5:00 p.m.