MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – A pair of doubles victories, along with three single wins helped the 10th ranked Bowdoin College claim a 5-1 victory over the MIT men's tennis team this afternoon in the NCAA Division III Tennis Championship regional semifinal at Middlebury College. With the win, the Polar Bears advance to Sunday's regional final against Middlebury, while the Engineers see their season conclude at 16-5.
Bowdoin's top and third doubles each claimed wins, while Tech's second set of sophomore Avi Walden (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and freshman Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.) claimed an 8-5 victory over senior Kyle Wolstencroft (Greenwich, Conn.) and freshman Gil Roddy (Concord, Mass.). Senior Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) and junior Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) fell in the first set to junior Luke Trinka (Oak Park, Ill.) and freshman Luke Tercek (Washington, D.C.) in an exciting match that concluded in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (8-6).
In singles play, Oh kept pace with senior Noah Bragg (Brookline, Mass.), but wound up losing in the second position by a score of 6-4, 6-1. Roddy claimed a sixth-position win over sophomore Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) by a score of 6-3, 6-1, and Tercek defeated Lilley in the fifth position by a score of 6-0, 6-2.
Tech concludes its season in the second round of the NCAA Tennis Championship for the second consecutive year. MIT did, however, capture its 17th consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown as they edged Babson College, 5-4.