No. 1 Men's Tennis Shuts Out No. 4 Springfield; Remains In Hunt For 19th NEWMAC Title

Sophomore Alex Cauneac
Sophomore Alex Cauneac

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 1 MIT 5, No. 4 Springfield College 0
No. 2 Babson College 5, No. 3 U.S. Coast Guard Academy 1

- Records: MIT (16-4); Springfield (12-6); Babson (11-8); Coast Guard (7-9)

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

- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon, the MIT men's tennis team advanced to the 2017 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship match with a 5-0 win over fourth-seeded Springfield College. The Engineers will now host No. 2 seed Babson College on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Cambridge. No. 2 Babson advanced with a 5-1 win over No. 3 Coast Guard in the day's second semifinal. This will mark the 10th time overall and fifth straight year that MIT and Babson will be meeting in the league championship match.

HOW IT HAPPENED: No. 1 MIT vs. No. 4 Springfield

- MIT got off to a fast start in doubles action as the Engineers swept all three matches from Springfield. At number-three doubles, sophomore Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and freshman Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) bested Kyle Beynor and Cameron Grant 8-1 to put the Engineers ahead 1-0. Sophomore Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and freshman Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) followed suit with an 8-2 win over Tanner DeVarennes and Justin Danielewicz at the number-two position, while sophomore Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and junior Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.) edged Alex Romaine and Court Honda, 8-5, at number-one as MIT needed only two points to reach the league championship match for the 19th straight year.

- In singles got point a point by Barr at No. 1 as he blanked DeVarennes 6-0, 6-0 and then Ko sealed the match with his 6-2, 6-3 victory over Danielewicz at the No. 4 position to send MIT to the NEWMAC Championship. At the time that the match ended, Cauneac had a 6-2, 5-1 lead at No. 2 singles and Cheng was ahead 6-0, 5-3 at No. 3 singles.

HOW IT HAPPENED: No. 2 Babson vs. No. 3 Coast Guard


- The second semifinal between Babson and Coast Guard was tight right from the start. Ben Roque and Alastair Ng began the match with an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles over Mike Melampy and John Hu, while Alberto De Mendiola and Brandon Rosenbluth doubled the Beavers' advantage to 2-0 when the bested Thomas Hackett and Jack Phillips at the No. 1 doubles position. Coast Guard was able to get one point back heading into singles, however, as Ben Errington and Adam Bahney edged Dylan Pace and Dan Levitan, 8-6, at No. 3 doubles.

- Singles play saw two first sets go into tiebreakers – one won by Babson and the other Coast Guard. De Mendiola registered the match clinching point for the Beavers at No. 1 singles as he defeated Hackett 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 at the top of the ladder, while Levitan won 7-5, 6-4 over Melampy at No. 3 and Roque claimed a 6-2, 6-1 win over Bahney at No. 4.

- At the time that the match ended, Rosenbluth and Hu were fighting it out at No. 2 singles as Hu won the first set 7-6 (7-4), but Rosenbluth took the second 6-1. The third and decisive set was not completed as the match was played to decision. Additionally, Ng held a 5-2 advantage in the first set over Phillips at No. 5 singles prior to the match being called.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will look for its 19th straight NEWMAC Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. as the Engineers host Babson College in the conference title match. Live stats will be available at www.mitathletics.com.

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