Men's Tennis Earns 13th Win Of Spring With 7-2 Victory Over RPI

Senior Kenny Gea
Senior Kenny Gea

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 22 MIT 7, RPI

- Records: No. 22 MIT (13-3), RPI (9-6)

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

- The Lead: The MIT men's tennis team bounced back from a loss against Brandeis University earlier this week to defeat RPI, 7-2, on Friday afternoon inside the J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble in Cambridge.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT took a 2-1 lead after doubles action as Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) earned a convincing 8-1 win over Stephen Baxter and Xavier Oshinowo at No. 2 doubles, while Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and Henry La Soya (Los Angeles, Calif.) bested Sundar Devkottai and Winston Yu, 8-6.

- Cambridge's Engineers rolled into singles play and sealed the match by winning five of the six points up for grabs to claim the 7-2 victory over RPI. Barr earned a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles and was followed by Cheng, who won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3, Ko, who won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4, Go, who won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5 and Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.), who won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 6.

- Cauneac and Oshinowo had a three set battle at the No. 2 singles position. Cauneac won the first set 7-6 (2) in a tie breaker, but Oshinowo bounced back to win the second (6-2) and third (10-5) to take the only singles point of the night for RPI.

- Both Go and Cheng won their 11th singles matches of the spring, which leads MIT with three games still to play before the conference tournament, while Barr improved to 8-2 at No. 1 singles, Ko moved to 5-2 at No. 4 singles and Gea evened out to 3-3 at No. 6 singles.

- As a team this spring, MIT is now 4-3 against regionally ranked opponents and will face one more prior to postseason play as the Engineers will head to No. 2 team in New England and No. 4 team in the country in Bowdoin College on Sunday afternoon.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will have a quick turnaround as the Engineers will head to Clark University tomorrow afternoon for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match beginning at 3:30 p.m., while RPI is off until Wednesday when the Engineers head to Union College for a Liberty League contest starting at 4:00 p.m.

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