CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - At its first match in over four months, the MIT men's tennis team defeated Bentley University, 6-1, on Thursday afternoon in the J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble. The Engineers, who played two matches and competed in the ITA New England Regionals before they wrapped up the fall portion of the season in October, are now 3-0 for the season, while the Falcons fell to 3-1.
MIT started things off well when juniors Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) defeated Rodrigo Ribeiro and Kamil Pilch, 8-5. That was followed up with a win by seniors Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) over Andrew Waddington and Jimmy Rindo with a score of 8-2. Freshmen Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.) and Dennis A Garcia (Corpus Christi, Texas) wrapped up the doubles pairings with an 8-1 win over Raghav Tanna and Peter Koopman.
The Engineers began singles with a 3-0 lead over the Falcons. In the top spot, Zhang dropped both sets to Ribeiro, 7-5, 6-2. Pang had an easy win over Rindo in the second spot, 6-3, 6-1, and Wang played well to come up with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Pilch. To end the day, Skalek had a tough first set against Tanna, narrowly coming out on top with a score of 7-5, but easily won the second set, 6-1.
MIT will return to the tennis bubble on Tuesday, Feb. 26 when it faces Eastern Nazarene College at 4:00 p.m. This will be the second of eight consecutive matches that will take place at home, lasting through the entire month of March.