BABSON PARK, Mass. -- MIT remained unbeaten in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 9-0 victory over host Babson College on Saturday. The loss dropped the Beavers mark to 4-9 overall and 1-2 against league competition, while the Engineers improved to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the NEWMAC with the win.
MIT built an early 3-0 lead with a sweep of doubles play, highlighted by an 8-3 win at one by sophomore Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and junior Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and an 8-2 triumph by junior Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) and senior Elia Harmatz (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) at three. The closest doubles contest came at two, where MIT freshman Eugene Oh (Alparetta, Ga.) and sophomore Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) defeated Babson's tandem of first-year Roy Murdock (Santa Monica, Calif.) and junior Zach Ringer (Minnetonka, Minn.) by a score of 8-4.
The Engineers continued to roll in singles play, winning all six matchups, including five in straight sets. Zhang highlighted the sweep with a 6-3, 6-0 victory at one, while Pang notched a 6-0, 6-4 win at two. Babson junior Mitchell Henry (Wellesley, Mass.) was the lone Beaver to force a third set, as he fell to MIT junior Brian Oldfield (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) in a superbreaker at three, 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-4).