Men's Tennis Falls To No. 7 Bowdoin, 5-0, In Regional Final

Men's Tennis Falls To No. 7 Bowdoin, 5-0, In Regional Final

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 7 Bowdoin College 5, No. 20 MIT 0 (NCAA Tournament Regional Final)

- Records: MIT (18-5); Bowdoin College (20-4)

- Location: Brunswick, Maine (Pickard Tennis Courts - Hosted By Bowdoin)

- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon at the Pickard Tennis Courts in Brunswick, Maine the No. 20 ranked MIT men's tennis team fell to No. 7 and defending national champion Bowdoin College, 5-0, in the NCAA Tournament's Regional Championship match. The loss brings MIT's season to a close with a record of 18-5, while Bowdoin advances to the National Quarterfinals in Chattanooga, Tennessee next week. Despite the score being 5-0, the Engineers made a rally during singles and had the match been played to completion it would have been a lot closer than the final score was.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Bowdoin took all three doubles matches for the early 3-0 advantage. No. 1 doubles pairing of Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.) played the closest match, but ultimately fell to Luke Tercek and Grant Urken by an 8-3 score. The Polar Bears also claimed No. 2 doubles by an 8-2 final and No. 3 doubles by an 8-1 score heading into singles action.

- The Engineers rallied in singles play as all six matches were extremely close despite the final result, but Bowdoin was able to clinch the match on courts five and six. Gil Roddy of Bowdoin topped MIT freshman Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) at No. 5 singles 6-0, 6-2, and was followed by Justin Patel, who sealed the regional title for the Polar Bears with a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 6 over senior Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.).

- When the match ended MIT was up a set in all four remaining singles matches and the final result could have been much closer than the 5-0 final had it been played to completion, not decision. Sophomore Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) had a 6-4, 2-1 advantage at No. 1 and Cauneac was one point away from scoring for the Engineers as he led 6-3, 5-3 at No. 2 at the time of decision. Additionally, freshman Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) was ahead 6-3, 2-2 at No. 3 and sophomore Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) was leading 6-3, 2-1 at No. 4.

- This season, MIT clinched its 19th straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship and made it to the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time in program history. The Engineers also notched 18 wins this spring, which tied the most for the program since the 2012-13 season when they went 18-3.

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