BOSTON, Mass. – After capturing the program's 17th consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's tennis championship on this past weekend, a trio of MIT men's tennis players received all-conference honors, as announced by the league on Tuesday afternoon. Senior Jeffrey Sperling (Los Angles, Calif.), who was tabbed the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, collected an All-Conference Singles honor. Junior Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) also received an All-Conference Singles honor, while receiving an All-Conference Doubles honor with senior Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.).
Sperling clinched the victory for the Cardinal and Gray in singles play on Sunday, helping MIT defeat Babson for the third consecutive season. He currently owns a 15-3 record in singles play - the most victories he has recorded in a single-season. Sperling was instrumental in securing the Engineers a spot in the tournament's championship as he collaborated with sophomore Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) for a doubles victory, while picking up a fourth position singles win against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the semifinal. Before he sealed the victory against the Beavers, he and Gea won their doubles match by a score of 8-5.
Wang and Oh combined for a pair of doubles victories in the top position against the Bears and Beavers. Against the Bears, the duo claimed a 9-8 victory (7-4 tiebreaker) in the top spot before edging Babson's number one doubles team by the same score, but 7-3 in the tiebreaker.
Similar to doubles play, Wang has spent a majority of the season competing in the top spot in singles play and has compiled a record of 10-7. He reached the double-digit mark for wins in singles play this past weekend by defeating Coast Guard junior Robert Renfrow (Leonardtown, Md.) during Tech's semifinal match by a score of 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.
MIT – ranked 17th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional Rankings – will continue its campaign later this week as the Engineers take on Hunter College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tennis Tournament at Middlebury College on Friday, May 8. The winner of MIT-Hunter will advance to Saturday's second round match against Bowdoin College.