April 29, 2014

Five Engineers Selected to All-Conference Team; Zhang Named Athlete of the Year

BOSTON, Mass. – After claiming its 16th consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament title over the weekend with a 6-0 victory over Babson College, five members of the MIT men's tennis team were selected for All-Conference honors, as announced by the league on Tuesday afternoon.
 
In addition to the All-Conference awards, senior Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) was named both the 2014 NEWMAC Athlete of the Year and the Tournament Most Outstanding Player. In the NEWMAC semifinals and finals, he won both doubles matches at No. 2 and both singles matches at No. 1, having to go to tiebreaker to decide the fate of his match against Roberto Perez of Babson in the finals. This is the second year in a row that Zhang was voted the conference's Athlete of the Year.
 
Zhang, junior Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.), and sophomores Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) and Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.) were all named to the singles All-Conference team.  Zhang and Wang were both named to the singles team last year. So far this season, Zhang has an overall record of 14-6 and, tournaments aside, has not played a single match anywhere but in the No. 1 spot. Oh has played in almost all positions this season, going 1-0 in the top spot, 2-0 at No. 2, 3-3 at No. 3, and 2-0 at No. 4, holding a record of 8-3 in dual matches.
 
Wang is 8-4 at No. 2 and 1-0 at No. 3. Although both of his matches went unfinished at this weekend's Tournament, he won the first set easily and was either winning the second set or was tied before the match was ended early. Bu is 10-2 on the season, playing the majority of his matches at No. 5, where he is 5-0. At NEWMACs, he won his first match against Coast Guard Academy easily and was winning at No. 5 against Babson the following day before it was suspended.
 
Appearing on the doubles All-Conference team were Zhang and Oh, a staple at the No. 2 spot recently, and senior Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Wang in the top position. The pairing of Zhang and Oh were 5-1 this season, dropping just one match to nationally-ranked Brandeis University last week. Wu and Wang had a record of 6-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
 
MIT will have to wait until Monday, May 5 to see if it has made it to the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held in Claremont, Calif. from May 19-24. The individuals list will come out on Wednesday, May 7 and the Individual Championships will be played from May 22-24. The Engineers have made appearances in the last eight national tournaments, while Zhang was the lone MIT representative at last year's Individual Championships.