March 10, 2012

Men’s Tennis Upends Colby, 8-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT made it four-for-four in men's tennis this spring as the Engineers scored an 8-1 decision over Colby College. MIT, ranked 25th in the nation, improved to 5-2 this season in dual meet play while Colby fell to 4-1 this season.

MIT scored three points early with victories in each of the doubles matches. The No. 1 team of sophomore Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and junior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) led the way for the Engineers with an 8-1 triumph in their match. MIT went on to pick up identical 8-3 wins in the matches at Nos. 2 and 3.

Zhang also picked up a win in singles play, taking the No. 1 match by a 6-2, 6-2 scored over Tom Kimball. Freshman Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) and junior Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) also scored straight sets wins in the Nos. 2 and 3 matches. In the No. 4 match sophomore Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) bounced back from a first set loss to come up with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Jack Bryant.

Skalak scored the other MIT point with his 7-5, 6-4 victory in the No. 5 match. Colby picked up its win in the No. 6 match where Matthew Mantikas defeated junior Andrew Cooper (Albuquerque, N.M.) in a close one, 3-6, 7-5, 10-5.

MIT will be on the road for the first time in the spring season next weekend. The Engineers will travel to Bates College for a 2:30 p.m. match on March 17.