No. 22 Men's Tennis Overpowered By No. 4 Bowdoin, 7-2

Sophomore Sean Ko
Sophomore Sean Ko

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 4 Bowdoin College 7, No. 22 MIT 2

- Records: MIT (13-4); Bowdoin College (14-2)

- Location: Brunswick, Maine (Pickard Tennis Courts)

- The Lead: In a rematch of last year's NCAA Division III Regional Championship match, the No. 22 nationally-ranked MIT men's tennis team fell to No. 4 Bowdoin College by a 7-2 final score.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers were able to claim one of three doubles points this afternoon as sophomore Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and junior Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.) edged Luke Tercek and Grant Urken 9-8 in a tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles. Bowdoin was able to take the remaining two doubles matches by 8-2 scores.

- MIT sophomore Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) was the only victor for the Engineers in singles play as he earned a 6-3, 6-4 over Jerry Jiang at No. 4 singles. Both sophomore Tyler Barr (Chargin Falls, Ohio) at No. 1 singles and Lilley at No. 6 singles brought their respective matches to a decisive third set after winning the first, but were unable to take home points as the Polar Bears won both. Barr fell by a 4-6, 6-2, 10-5 score at No. 1, while Lilley dropped his match 2-6, 6-4, 10-7 at No. 6.

- The remainder of the singles matches were decided in straight sets as Urken bested Cauneac 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2, Kyle Wolfe topped freshman Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 and Gil Roddy bested senior Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5.

UP NEXT:

- MIT closes out its regular season with a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matches this week. The Engineers will head to Clark University tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m. and hosts Emerson College on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in its regular season finale prior to the conference tournament.

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