INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 10) – For the first time since the 2012-2013 season, the MIT men's tennis team will have a student-athlete represented at the NCAA Division III Singles Individual Championship. Sophomore Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) will travel to the Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Singles Tournament from May 25-27, which is scheduled to begin after the conclusion of the team championship. Barr will find out who he will face-off against when the draw is revealed on May 24, the final day of the team championship.
The individual championships will consist of 32 singles players of 16 doubles teams. The selection of teams and individuals for championships is based on win-loss record, strength of schedule, eligibility and availability of student-athletes.
Barr, ranked No. 11 in the Northeast Region this year, will be the 16th student-athlete in program history to compete in the National Singles Tournament and first since Edwin Zhang went 1-1 in the bracket tournament back in 2013. Thus far this year, Barr has posted a 15-5 record overall, which includes a mark of 12-3 this spring where he went 11-3 at No. 1 singles and 1-0 at No. 2 singles. In his last match, Barr bested No. 10 regionally ranked Alberto De Mendiola of Babson College, 7-6 (2), 6-2, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship match. For his efforts against Springfield College in the league semifinals and Babson in the title match, Barr was named as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Barr, a two-time NEWMAC All-Conference selection, will travel with his Engineers (17-4) to Bowdoin College for the second and third rounds of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament this weekend as MIT 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.