CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing both its first dual match and home match of the season, the No. 25 MIT men's tennis team got off to a fast start and never let up as it defeated Endicott College, 9-0. The Engineers won all of the singles matches in straight sets as they moved to 1-0 on the season. Endicott dropped to 1-2 with the loss.
Senior Elia Harmatz (Huntington Valley, Pa.) and freshman Christopher Hunter (Melville, N.Y.) got things going for MIT, taking an 8-2 win at No. 3 singles. The closest match in the doubles competition came at No.1 where the Endicott team of Cohen/Toggi battled the MIT duo of sophomore Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and freshman Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) before falling 8-5.
In singles action sophomore Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) was dominant in his match with Porter Williams, taking a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1. Two other Engineers dropped just one game in their singles wins, with junior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) taking a 6-0, 6-1 decision at No. 2 over Evan Ross and junior Troy Astorino (Laguna Hills, Calif.) winning by the same score at No. 5 over Mike Lauretano. The most games that a Gull could win during the evening came when Tim Forance picked up four games in the first set of his match before falling to freshman Avi Walden (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), 6-4, 6-0.
MIT will return to action on Saturday, October 1 when it heads out on the road to take on Williams College at 1:00 p.m.