NORTON, Mass. - The No. 20 nationally ranked MIT men's tennis team defeated Wheaton College with a score of 8-1 in its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match of the season. The Engineers are now 11-0 and 1-0 in NEWMAC play, while the Lyons dipped to 4-3 for the season and 0-1 in conference play.
In doubles, senior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and junior Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) battled for the third time this season to defeat Jonah Feit and Will White with a score of 8-3 at No. 1. At No. 2, junior Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and freshman Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) paired up for the first time and won against Dan Sharon and Ned Terrace, 8-5. Senior Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) and sophomore Eugene Oh (Alparetta, Ga.) defeated Lawrence Chan and Tyler Smith, 8-0, at No. 3.
Wheaton's one point came at No. 1 singles when Zhang fell to Feit when Zhang won the first set, 6-3, but fell in the final two, 6-2, 10-8. In the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ranking that was released on Thursday, Zhang was ranked sixth in the Northeast region. At No. 2, Pang defeated David Gassen, 6-1, 6-4 and in the third spot, Wang won against White, 7-5, 6-1.
Skalak defeated Sharon with a score of 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4, while Wu won against Sam Jackson at No. 5 with a 6-2, 6-4 score. Freshman Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.) won his fourth match at No. 6 this season when he defeated Dennis Scarpa with a score of 6-0, 6-2.
The undefeated Engineers will return to action on Wednesday, April 3, when they host Babson College at 3:30 p.m.