AMHERST, Mass. – The MIT men's tennis team fell to No. 14 nationally ranked Amherst College, 6-3, on Friday afternoon in non-conference action at the Amherst Tennis Courts.
Freshman Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and sophomore Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.) teamed up for MIT's only win in doubles play at the No. 2 position as the duo defeated senior Michael Solimano (Montvale, N.J.) and classmate Ben Fife (Scarsdale, N.Y.) 8-4.
In singles play Cauneac and classmate Tyler Barr (Auburn Township, Ohio) earned the two singles points for MIT at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots, respectively. Cauneac bested Solimano 7-6, 6-2, while Barr's match was one of four that concluded in a decisive third set. Barr took down senior Andrew Yaraghi (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
Senior Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) at No. 1 singles, Lilley at No. 5 singles and senior Dennis Garcia (Corpus Christi, Texas) at No. 6 singles accounted for the other three matches that were decided in a third set. Wang fell 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, while Lilley took the first set 6-3 before freshman Jesse Levitin (Manhasset, N.Y.) overpowered the sophomore for the 6-1, 6-2 win. Garcia took his third set to a tiebreaker, but ultimately fell 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 to junior Andrew Arnaboldi (New York, N.Y.).
MIT (7-4) returns to action tomorrow as the Engineers host New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference foe the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at 1:00 p.m., while Amherst (13-5) welcomes Wesleyan University (Conn.) for a NESCAC battle at noon before taking on Springfield College in an out of league matchup at 4:00 p.m.