September 28, 2012

Men's Tennis Returns from ITA Regional Championships

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.  - The final day of the 2012 USTA/ITA Division III Regional  Championship came to a close as MIT men's tennis returned home after a rainy season-opening weekend in Williamstown, Mass. Three of MIT's players were selected to take part in the three-day tournament that was hosted by Williams College, playing in both singles and doubles competition. No. 5 seeded junior Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) made it to the quarter finals but was edged out, ending his streak.

Also in singles competition was freshman Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.), who did not make it out of the first round.  Wang played three sets against Matt Bettles of Bates, winning the first set (6-3) but losing the final two (7-5, 10-3). Senior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) faced Andrew Yaraghi, who was one of the 9-16 seeds, but lost both sets, 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile, Zhang had defeated Alex Schidlovsky of Williams (6-3, 6-4) but narrowly lost both sets to Amherst's Yaraghi (6-4, 7-6) in the second round.

Skalak and Zhang were the only MIT players to appear in the doubles competition. Seeded second behind Crampton and Bettles of Bates, the Engineers faced Clark's Angel and Stein, but narrowly lost, 9-8.

MIT will host their first home game of the season on Friday, Oct. 12 when they face Suny Oneonta at 4:00 p.m.