CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its last home match of the regular season, the No. 20 nationally ranked MIT men's tennis team defeated Brandeis University with a score of 8-1. The Engineers, who remain ranked sixth in the Northeast Region, are now 15-1, while the Judges fell to 7-10.
Juniors Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) returned to the top in doubles action after not having been paired together in over a month, defeating Steven Milo and Josh Jordan at No. 1 with a score of 8-5. The duo is now 7-3 in the No. 1 position.
At No. 2, seniors Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) and Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) won against Mitch Krems and Alec Siegel, 8-3. At No. 3, sophomore Eugene Oh (Alparetta, Ga.) and freshman Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) defeated Danny Lubarsky and Dave Yovanoff with a score of 8-3.
At No. 1 in singles play, Zhang lost the first set in a 5-0 tiebreaker, falling 7-6, but was able to come from behind to take the final two sets, 6-4, 10-6 to win the match. At No. 2, Pang won his first set against Krems, 6-2, but fell in the other two, 6-4, 6-4. Wang walked away with a win against Yovanoff at No. 3, winning a tiebreaker, 5-0 to take the first match with a score of 7-6 and then winning the second set, 6-3.
Oh had little difficulty defeating Siegel at No. 4, winning 6-3, 6-3. Senior Tymor Hamamasy (New York, N.Y.) won his fourth match at No. 5 for the season when he defeated Michael Secular, 6-2, in the first set, dropped the second, 5-7, and came back to win the third one, 10-6. Classmate Brian Oldfield (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) easily won against Lubarsky at No. 6 with a score of 6-2, 6-3.
MIT will travel to Springfield, Mass. to play its final match of the regular season against New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Springfield College at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 24.