CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – While the weather was distinctly winter outside, inside the Carr Tennis Bubble on the MIT campus it was the start of the spring tennis season. The MIT men's tennis team started the season off on the right foot, taking a convincing 8-0 victory over Eastern Nazarene College. MIT improved to 2-2 for the 2011-12 season while Eastern Nazarene fell to 2-1.
MIT gave up just four game in doubles competition, sweeping all three matches to take an early 3-0 lead. The duo of junior Michael Walsh (Omaha, Neb.) and freshman Christopher Hunter (Melville, N.Y.) playing at No. 3 doubles did not surrender a game in their match against Nick Thompson and Tyler Perron, taking the 8-0 victory.
Senior Elia Hamatz (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) played a strong match at No. 1 singles for MIT, taking a 6-0, 6-1 win over Austin Steelman. Junior Troy Astorino (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and senior Robert Wheeler (Denton, Texas) each dropped just two games in their straight sets victories at Nos. 4 and 6 that gave the Engineers enough points to take the match.
Junior Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) and Brandon Lum played the closest match of the evening at No. 2 singles. Pang took a close first set, 7-5, and then held off Lum, 6-4, in the final set. The other win for MIT came at the No. 3 singles match where sophomore Vlad Firoiu (Westford, Mass.) downed Sam McKay-Corkum, 6-2, 6-3. The No 5 match was not finished.
MIT will play again tomorrow when it hosts Bentley University at 3:30 p.m. in the Carr Tennis Bubble. Eastern Nazarene will head to Hilton Head, South Carolina for its next matches, playing against the University of Mount Union and Baldwin-Wallace College on Mar. 5.