LEWISTON, Maine - At its first away match of the spring season, the No. 27 MIT men's tennis team was defeated by No. 25 Bates College by a score of 7-2 on Friday. Tech is 4-2 on the season, after winning the previous three consecutive home matches, all by a score of 9-0.
At No. 1 doubles, seniors Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) put up a fight, but ultimately fell to Timmy Berg and Pierre Planche, 8-4. Zhang was able to come back later in the day to defeat Berg at No. 1 singles. He won the first set, 6-3, fell in the second, 3-6, and broke the tie by winning the final set, 7-6.
Junior Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) was MIT's only other victory, winning against Brent Feldman at No. 4 in three sets. He won the first, 6-3, before dropping the second 2-6. He won the final set by a score of 6-2. At No. 5, Wu won his second set against Henry Lee, 6-1, but fell in the first and third, 6-4, 10-6.
MIT will be on the road for one more match before playing six straight home matches. The Engineers will not compete again until March 29, when they take on Springfield College at 3:00 p.m.