CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A day after falling to No. 14 Amherst College, the MIT men's tennis team bounced back for a 7-2 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup on Saturday afternoon at the duPont Tennis Courts.
Freshman Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and sophomore Bryan Lilley (Edmond, Okla.) earned a 9-7 win over sophomore Mike Malampy (Duxbury, Mass.) and freshman Jack Phillips (Raleigh, N.C.) at No. 2 doubles, while freshman Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and junior Avi Walden (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) defeated sophomore Ben Errington (Cypress, Texas) and freshman Tom Hackett (Corpus Christi, Texas) 8-4 at No. 3 doubles for the early 2-1 match advantage.
The Engineers took five of the six singles points to secure the contest over the Bears 7-2, staying undefeated in NEWAMC play. Freshman Tyler Barr (Auburn Township, Ohio) and Ko both won 6-1, 6-1 in straight sets at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions, respectively.
Senior Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.) played the closest match of the day as his battle with Phillips at the No. 5 slot went to a decisive third set, but Bu came out on top 6-3, 4-6, 10-6. Lilley and freshman Henry La Soya (Los Angeles, Calif.) rounded out the list of winners for MIT on the day as both won in straight sets. Lilley defeated sophomore John Hu (Plainsboro, N.J.) 7-5, 6-1 at No. 3 and La Soya took down freshman Adrian Chau (Rowland Heights, Calif.) 6-2, 7-6 at the No. 6 spot.
MIT (8-4, 3-0 NEWMAC) heads to Babson College next Friday, April 22 for a NEWMAC matchup starting at 3:30 p.m., while Coast Guard (8-4, 2-1 NEWMAC) also travels to Babson for its next match but it will take place on Wednesday beginning at the same time.