MIT Tripped Up By Amherst, 8-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT picked up an early point in doubles play against Amherst College in men's tennis action this afternoon, but it was all Amherst after that as the Lord Jeffs won all six singles matches to score an 8-1 win.

Junior Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) and freshman Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) picked up the MIT (1-2) point in doubles with an 8-5 win at No. 2 over the Amherst (3-0) team of Waterman and Jung. The Engineers were close at No. 1 to another point, but the team of junior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and sophomore Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) fell short by an 8-6 score.

In singles play Zhang put up a strong effort against Mark Kahan, but was stopped short in the No. 1 match by a score of 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). In the No. 4 singles match Pang and Chris Dale battled in the only match that went to three sets during the afternoon. After Dale won the opening set, Pang came back to take a decisive 6-0 win in the second. But Dale made a comeback of his own, taking the third set and the match by a 6-0, 0-6, 6-4 score.

That would be the closest that MIT could come to a point in the singles competition, as the Lord Jeffs took the remaining four contests in straight sets to come away with the victory.