Four Engineers Selected to NEWMAC All-Conference Team; Zhang Named Athlete of the Year
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Just days after winning its 15th consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title, four members of the MIT men's tennis team were selected for All-Conference honors, as announced by the conference on Tuesday afternoon. This is the second year in a row that four players have been selected.
In addition to the two singles players and one doubles team being named to the All-Conference team, the Engineers received three of the five individual awards. Head coach Dave Hagymas was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year, junior Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) received NEWMAC Athlete of the Year accolades and senior Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) was named the Tournament Most Outstanding Player. This is the fifth time in Hagymas' eight years at MIT that he has won the Coach of the Year award.
Zhang and freshman Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) were named to the singles team. So far this season, Zhang has a record of 12-5, playing all of his matches in the No. 1 position. He wrapped up the NEWMAC tournament with two doubles wins. This is the third year in a row that Zhang has received All-Conference nods. Wang is 11-2 this season, going 6-1 at No. 3, 3-0 at No. 2 and 1-0 in the top spot. This weekend, Wang walked away with victories in both doubles matches and at No. 3 singles after winning a tiebreaker.
Senior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and Zhang were named to the doubles All-Conference team with their record of 4-2 at No. 1.
The list of teams that have made it to the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament will be released on Monday, May 6, while the list of individuals who will be invited will come out on Wednesday, May 8. The Engineers have made appearances in the last seven national tournaments.