- Score: No. 21 MIT 7, Babson College 2
- Records: MIT (8-1, 1-0 NEWMAC); Babson College (5-6, 0-1 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble)
- The Lead: The No. 21 nationally-ranked MIT men's tennis team defeated Babson College, 7-2, in its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener on Wednesday afternoon inside the J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble. Heading into today's match MIT was ranked No. 7 in New England, while Babson stood at No. 20 in the region. In the all-time series with Babson, which dates back to 1983, MIT is now 49-2 against the Beavers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT started off the match strong by taking two of the three doubles points for the early advantage. Sophomore Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and freshman Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) edged Ben Roque and Ho Wang Alastair Ng by an 8-4 score at No. 2 doubles, while sophomore Sean Ko (Danville, Calf.) and freshman Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) blanked Dylan Levy and Dan Levitan 8-0 at No. 3 doubles. Babson was able to get on the board, however, with an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles as Alberto De Mendiola and Brandon Rosenbluth topped sophomore Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and junior Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.).
- The Engineers sealed the match against their NEWMAC rivals by winning five of a possible six points in singles play. Cauneac defeated Rosenbluth 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, Cheng bested Levy 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, Ko beat Levitan 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4 singles, Go topped Roque 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5 singles and senior Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) won 6-0, 6-3 over Ng at No. 6 singles.
- Cheng improved to 10-2 overall this year and 7-0 this spring in dual matches to lead the team in wins in singles play. The freshman currently stands at 4-0 at the No. 3 position and 3-0 at the No. 4 position. Go joined his classmate by winning his seventh match of the spring (7-2) tonight as he is 2-0 at No. 2 singles and 5-2 at No. 5 singles.
- In doubles play, Cheng and Ko lead the Engineers with five wins this spring (5-3), while Barr and Go sit at 4-2 (all at No. 2 doubles) this season for second in dual match victories.
- MIT plays its third game of the week this coming Friday as the Engineers host Vassar College for a non-conference contest beginning at 4:00 p.m., while Babson will also play Vassar in its next contest which is scheduled for Saturday as part of a doubleheader along with Clark University beginning at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively.