Men's Tennis Blanks Babson To Claim 19th Straight NEWMAC Title

Men's Tennis Blanks Babson To Claim 19th Straight NEWMAC Title

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 1 MIT 6, No. 2 Babson College 0

- Records: MIT (17-4); Babson College (11-9)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Katz Tennis Courts)

- The Lead: The MIT men's tennis team earned its 19th straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Sunday afternoon as the top-seeded Engineers defeated second-seeded Babson College, 6-0, in Cambridge. With the win, MIT receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament which will begin next weekend.

With the win, MIT reached 17 victories this spring marking the most that the Engineers have accumulated since the 2012-13 season when they went 18-3 overall. MIT also improves to 38-0 all-time in the NEWMAC Tournament and defeated Babson in the championship match for the 10th time in program history today.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT opened the match with three hard fought doubles wins. Sophomore Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and freshman Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) topped Ben Roque and Alastair Ng by an 8-2 final at No. 2 doubles to kick things off before sophomore Alex Cauneac (Severna, Park, Md.) and junior Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.) edged Alberto De Mendiola and Brandon Rosenbluth 9-7. At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and freshman Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) won by a duplicate 9-7 score over Dylan Pace and Dan Levitan to take a 3-0 lead heading into singles.

- Needing just two points in singles play to claim the conference championship, Ko and senior Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) did just that. Ko bested Roque 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4 singles and Gea clinched the NEWMAC title with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Connor Chin at No. 6 singles.

- At the time the match concluded, Barr was ahead 7-6, 1-0 and went on to defeat De Mendiola in the second set 6-2 as that match was the only other one played to completion. Barr's victory keeps him in the running for a potential selection to the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Singles Tournament as he is now 11-3 at No. 1 singles and 12-3 overall as the 11th ranked singles player in the Northeast Region. Additionally, Cauneac and Go were up 6-4, 5-3 at No. 2 and No. 5, respectively, while Cheng and Levitan were knotted at one set apiece heading into the third at 6-4, 1-6.

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers, who earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis National Tournament, will learn where they are headed tomorrow afternoon when the NCAA reveals the field of 43 teams, which will be made up of 35 automatic qualifiers and eight at-large selections from across the country, while Babson sees its season come to a close with an overall record of 11-9 (5-1 NEWMAC).

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