No. 22 MIT Bests No. 26 Bates, 6-3

Sophomore Tyler Barr
Sophomore Tyler Barr

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 22 MIT 6, No. 26 Bates College 3

- Records: No. 22 MIT (4-0); No. 26 Bates College (0-3)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble)

- The Lead: Playing its first Division III opponent of the spring season, the No. 22 ranked MIT men's tennis team came away with a 6-3 win over No. 26 Bates College on Saturday afternoon inside the J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble. In yesterday's match, MIT earned its first win over Bates since the 2012-13 season and moved to 24-13 in the all-time series which dates back to 1937-38.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers got off to a great start yesterday as they took two of the three doubles matches for the early 2-1 advantage. Sophomore Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) teamed up with junior Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.) to defeat Ben Rosen and Chris Ellis, 8-5 at No. 1 doubles, while sophomore Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and freshman Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) won 8-3 at No. 2 doubles.

- Barr continued his success in singles play as he played to a 6-3, 6-1 win over doubles foe Rosen at the No. 1 position.

- MIT Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.), freshman Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Lilley accounted for the remainder of the Engineers points in the match as they all won their singles contests in straight sets. Ko won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, Cheng won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 singles and Lilley won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6 singles.

- The Engineers nearly made it a clean sweep in singles play, but Cauneac at No. 2 singles and Go at No. 5 singles were edged in three sets. Cauneac fell 4-6, 6-3, 10-5, while Go dropped his decision 6-0, 5-7, 10-8. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues its slate of spring games on Wednesday, March 8 as the Engineers welcome non-conference foe Colby-Sawyer College at 4:00 p.m., while Bates heads to No. 3 Middlebury College next Saturday for an 11:00 a.m. match.

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