May 5, 2014

MIT's Men's and Women's Tennis Prepare for NCAAs

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After the MIT men's and women's tennis teams defended their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament titles and earned automatic bids to the  NCAA Division III Championships, both squads of Engineers saw their names on the brackets for the tournament that were released by the NCAA on Monday.
 
Both teams will travel to Amherst College for the championships. The men will face Nichols College in the first round on Friday, May 9, while the women received a bye and will square off against the winner of the first round match between Gwynedd-Mercy University and Simmons College, also on May 9.

Last month, the MIT men's tennis team claimed its 16th straight NEWMAC title, defeating the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the semifinals, 5-0, before winning against Babson College in the finals by a score of 6-0. Tech has claimed the conference title every year since the conference began in 1999. MIT, who is currently 13-5 on the season, received a first round bye to last year's championships, falling to Skidmore College in the second round. This will be the Engineers' ninth consecutive national's appearance and their 21st overall.

Tech's women's tennis team defended its NEWMAC title in October, defeating host Wellesley College by a score of 5-1 to claim the program's sixth conference championship. The Cardinal and Gray, who are 16-4 on the 2013-14 season and are ranked 13th in the country, will be taking part in the tournament as a team for the fourth time in school history. Last year, MIT had a 5-0 win over Simmons College in the first round and fell to Middlebury College the second round.