MIT Men's Tennis Defeats RPI at Home Opener by a Score of 5-4

Senior Edwin Zhang

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - At its first of only two matches for the fall season, the MIT men's tennis team defeated RPI by a score of 5-4 at home on Friday afternoon. The Engineers officially opened their season at the ITA Regional Championships at Middlebury College this past weekend, wrapping up the tournament with showings in the Round of 16 by senior Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) in singles play and sophomore Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) and junior Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) in doubles. Tech is now 1-0 for the season and has just one more match before ending the fall season.

Zhang and fellow senior Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) started the day with an 8-4 victory at No.1 doubles over Jarrett Regier and Matt LaBarre and, at No.3, freshman Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) and sophomore Dennis Garcia (Corpus Christi, Texas) defeated Will Dickie and Sherman Uyeno, 8-2. Oh and Wang fell to Brandon Mazzara and McKinley Grimes in the No.2 spot by a score of 8-2.

At No.1 singles, Zhang fell to LaBarre after winning the first set by a score of 6-2 but dropping the final two, 6-2, 6-1. In the No.2 position, Wang won a close matchup against Regier, easily winning the first set, 6-2, and winning a tiebreaker, 2-0, to narrowly win the second by a score of 7-6. Gea defeated Mazzara at No.3, 6-2, 6-1.

Wu closed out the MIT singles wins with a victory over Dickie at No.4 by a score of 6-2, 6-4. Junior Jeffrey Sperling (Los Angeles, Calif.) fell to Grimes at No.5 by a score of 6-3, 7-5 and senior Vlad Firoiu (Westford, Mass.) dropped his match to Anthony Kim at No.6, 6-5, 6-1.

MIT's final match of the fall will take place tomorrow, Oct. 5 when the Engineers travel to Amherst, Mass. to face Amherst College at 1:00 p.m. After that, Tech will not return to the courts until February of 2014.