Men's Tennis Clinches 18th NEWMAC Regular Season Title With Shutout of Emerson on Senior Day

Men's Tennis Clinches 18th NEWMAC Regular Season Title With Shutout of Emerson on Senior Day

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 22 MIT 9, Emerson College 0

- Records: MIT (15-4, 6-0 NEWMAC); Emerson College (3-8, 0-6 NEWMAC)

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

- The Lead: The MIT men's tennis team clinched their 18th New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Regular Season Championship in the last 19 years this afternoon as the Engineers blanked Emerson College, 9-0, on Senior Day. With the victory, MIT will be the top seed and host the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament. In addition, the Engineers will receive a first round bye and await the winner of the No. 4/No. 5 match for the semifinals which will take place on Saturday, May 6 in Cambridge.

Prior to today's match, the Engineers honored their three seniors, which include Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.), Avi Walden (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) as well as junior Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.), who is graduating early.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT took a 3-0 lead after doubles action as Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) teamed up with Henry La Soya (Los Angeles, Calif.) for an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles over Daniel Okin and Andrew Cooper. Gea and Walden, the senior duo, bested Antonio Ramirez and Brock Higley, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles and were followed by freshman Nate Newhouse (New York, N.Y.) and junior Omar Gonzalez (San Juan, Texas), who won 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.

- For LaSoya and Cauneac as well as Gea and Walden, tonight marked the first time that both duos have played doubles matches with eachother, while Newhouse and Gonzalez earned their first conference doubles win of the spring and are now 3-0 as a pair.

- The Engineers continued to roll right through singles play as they took all six points to win the match by a 9-0 final. Gea and Walden both blanked their opponents by 6-0, 6-0 scores at No. 3 singles and No. 5 singles, respectively, while LaSoya bested Samir Beria 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 and Newhouse defeated Aren Kabarajian 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6. At the top of the ladder, Barr won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 and freshman Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) followed suit with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 2.

- Gea closed out his collegiate career with a perfect 6-0 record in NEWMAC singles play and is the only Engineer on the team to have accomplished this feat. Additionally, LaSoya finished conference play with a 5-0 record (8-4 overall) and Walden notched a 2-0 mark in league play as MIT as a team went 26-4 over its 30 singles matches against NEWMAC foes this spring.

UP NEXT:

- MIT (15-4, 6-0 NEWMAC) is off until next Saturday, May 6 when the Engineers host the NEWMAC Tournament. MIT will play the winner of the No. 4 Springfield/No. 5 Wheaton match in the semifinals at home beginning at 11:30 a.m. that day, while Emerson sees its season come to a close with a record of 3-8 overall and 0-6 in NEWMAC action.

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