CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At the finals of the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Tennis tournament on Sunday afternoon, No. 1 seeded host MIT defeated No. 2 seed Babson College with a score of 5-1. The Engineers are now 18-1 for the season, while the Beavers dipped to 11-8.
The victory gave MIT its 15th straight NEWMAC title, after having won every year since the inception of the league in 1999. The Engineers' senior Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player for the second time in his four years at MIT, the first of which being in 2011.
MIT's No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Eugene Oh (Alparetta, Ga.) and freshman Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) scored the first point of the day with an 8-4 win against Mitchell Henry and Saif Rahim. Babson's pairing of Roberto Perez and Victor Vu earned the Beavers' lone point when they defeated seniors Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and Pang at No. 2 with a score of 8-4.
In a very close, back-and-forth match, MIT juniors Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) had an 8-6 win over Connor DeFiore and Ramone Doyley at No. 1. The Engineers went into singles with a 2-1 lead.
In an exciting match at No. 1 singles, Zhang won the first set against Perez with a score of 6-3, while Perez picked up a win in the second set with the same score. The score was tied at 1-1 in the third set before it was ended, remaining unfinished. At No. 2, Pang had a 6-4, 6-3 win over Victor Vu. Oh defeated Henry with a score of 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 and, at No. 5, Skalak had a 7-5, 6-1 win against DeFiore.
At No. 3, Wang won a tiebreaker against Doyley, 6-0, to take the first set with a score of 7-6. The score was 5-1 in Doyley's favor in the second set but was never finished. Senior Tymor Hamamasy (New York, N.Y.), last year's NEWMAC Most Outstanding Player, won the first set against Davin Garcia at No. 6 with a score of 6-2, while Garcia had a 6-4 win in the second set. The pair was tied at 1-1 in the third set before it was aborted.
MIT will have to wait a few weeks to see if it has made it to the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament, which will be held in Kalamazoo, Mich. from May 20-25. The list of teams will be released on Monday, May 6, while the individuals list will come out on Wednesday, May 8. The Engineers have made appearances in the last seven national tournaments.