Men's Tennis Defeats Clark, 8-1

Freshman Nate Newhouse
Freshman Nate Newhouse

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 22 MIT 8, Clark University 1

- Records: MIT (14-4, 5-0 NEWMAC); Clark University (7-9, 1-3 NEWMAC)

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Corash Tennis Courts)

- The Lead: The MIT men's tennis team, ranked No. 22 in the latest ITA Division III National Poll, improved to a perfect 5-0 in league play today as the Engineers defeated Clark University, 8-1, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest this afternoon at the Corash Tennis Courts in Worcester.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers opened today's contest by sweeping doubles action. Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) earned an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles and they were followed by Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.), who won 8-1 at No. 2 doubles, as well as Avi Walden (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and Henry La Soya (Los Angeles, Calif.), who claimed an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles.

- Thus far this spring, Barr and Go are 2-0 as a doubles team in NEWMAC play, while Cheng and Ko improved to 3-0 in league matches and Walden and La Soya picked up their first win in conference contests as it was the first time that duo was paired up all year.

- MIT continued to roll in singles play as the Engineers won five of a possible six points to defeat the Cougars 8-1. Senior Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) blanked his opponent Ian Levy 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Additionally, Go won his match 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2, La Soya defeated Jimmy Keogh 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4, Walden won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5 and freshman Nate Newhouse (New York, N.Y.) claimed a 7-6, 6-2 win over Nicholas Lee at No. 6.

- Clark earned its lone point of the match at No. 1 singles as Cheng fell to Barun Gill by a 6-4, 6-3 score. Today marked the first time in Cheng's collegiate career in which he has played at the top position in singles play.

- Gea earned his 11th win of the year (5-0 in NEWMAC play) with his victory, while Go is now 4-0 in conference play. Gea and Go are joined by Walden (1-0) and La Soya (4-0), who are all still undefeated in dual matches against League opponents during singles play.

UP NEXT: 

- MIT (14-4, 5-0 NEWMAC) welcomes Emerson College in its regular season finale on Wednesday, April 26 beginning at 4:00 p.m. inside the J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble, while Clark (7-9, 1-3 NEWMAC) hosts Wheaton College in a NEWMAC match tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

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