MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – A pair of singles victories in the fifth and sixth positions, along with all three doubles wins helped the MIT men's tennis team go onto claim a 5-0 victory over Hunter College in the first round of the NCAA Championship Tennis Tournament at Middlebury College this afternoon. With the win, the Cardinal and Gray advance to Saturday's second round match against 10th ranked Bowdoin College. Hunter College sees its campaign conclude at 10-4.
MIT's (16-4) third doubles – senior Jeffrey Sperling (Los Angles, Calif.) and sophomore Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) – claimed the match's initial win, defeating Hunter College freshmen Rodolfo Reynoso (New York, N.Y.) and Rudy Saint-Louis (Port-Au-Prince, Haiti) by a score of 8-2. Sophomore Avi Walden (Cortlandt Mannor, N.Y.) and freshman Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.) claimed the second doubles win in the second position, defeating sophomores Florimond Le-Goupil-Maier (Oceanside, N.Y.) and Matthew Balilo (Bayside, N.Y.) by a score of 8-5. Senior Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) and junior Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) – the team's number one doubles – made it 3-0 by defeating junior Gonzalo Saez Garcia (Madrid, Spain) and Carlos Sala (Valencia, Spain) by a score of 8-4.
Sophomore Kristopher Bronner (Brookline, Mass.) made it 4-0, defeating Saint-Louis in the sixth position of singles play by a score of 6-0, 6-0. Lilley clinched the first round win, defeating Reynoso in the fifth position by a score of 6-1, 6-0.
With today's win, the Engineers improve to 2-0 all-time against the Hawks. MIT last victory against Hunter occurred during the initial meeting during the 2010-11 season.