BOSTON, Mass. (May 9) – Six members of the No. 20 MIT men's tennis team have been named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference Team for their outstanding efforts this spring. Of 16 possible spots on the All-Conference Team this year, MIT took home six slots to lead the league in selections.
The Engineers captured their 19th straight NEWMAC Championship this past weekend as MIT defeated Springfield College, 5-0, in the semifinals and Babson College, 6-0, in the title match to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Senior Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.), sophomore Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and freshman Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) all earned NEWMAC All-Conference Singles honors. Go and Gea led the Engineers in wins during singles play this spring as they both accumulated 12 victories. In his first season, Go went 12-5 in dual matches, which included a perfect 4-0 record during conference contests, while Gea led the team in NEWMAC wins with six (6-0) and totaled 12 wins this spring (12-3). Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Gea rides a four match winning streak as he clinched the championship point for the Engineers on Sunday. Go and Gea were joined by Cauneac on the All-Conference Singles Team as he went 8-7 this spring and 4-0 in conference matches. The sophomore was 4-0 at No. 1 singles and 4-7 at No. 2 singles in his second campaign with the Engineers.
MIT also had two of its doubles teams selected for All-Conference honors as sophomore Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Go as well as sophomore Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and freshman Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) earned a spot as two of four teams to earn the accolades. Ko and Cheng led the team in doubles wins this year as they went 13-7 overall, 10-5 in dual matches and a perfect 3-0 in league play, while Barr and Go teamed up for an overall mark of 10-8, 9-5 in dual matches and 2-0 in NEWMAC contests.
In addition to the All-Conference Teams, the Ko was named to the newly-established NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team for the 2017 season. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport, that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct.
MIT (17-4) heads to Bowdoin College for the second and third rounds of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament this weekend as the Engineers will take on No. 40 Stevens Institute of Technology on Friday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. Should the Engineers defeat the Ducks in the second round, the Regional Championship will be held on Saturday, May 13 at 9:00 a.m. on Bowdoin's Pickard Tennis Courts in Brunswick, Maine.