WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – In an early season battle of ranked men's tennis teams No. 4 Williams College used a strong performance in singles, sweeping all six matches, to take an 8-1 win over No. 25 MIT. The point for the Engineers came with a victory.
Williams picked up wins in the Nos. 1-2 doubles matches, but MIT came back in the No. 3 contest with the pairing of juniors Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) and Brian Oldfield (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) who picked up an 8-4 win over the pair of Petrie/Shallcross.
Singles play featured several close matches, but in the end all went the way of the Ephs as they secured the victory. At No. 4 it was Pang who made a bid at a comeback in his match with Bryan Chow. After dropping the first set, 6-2, he rallied to take the second 6-3 before seeing Chow come back to take the decisive set, 6-2. Also going three sets was junior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) in his battle with Dylan Page at No. 5. Page took the first set, 6-4, before Skalak came back in a closely contested second set to take a 7-6 (4) win. In the decisive third it was Page that took a 10-5 win to clinch the match.
MIT will not return to action until Saturday, October 15 when it will host Amherst College at 1:00 p.m.