April 28, 2013

MIT Tops Men's Tennis, 5-1, To Claim NEWMAC Title

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the finals of the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Tennis tournament on Sunday afternoon, top-seeded host MIT defeated second-seed Babson College by a score of 5-1, giving the 20th-ranked Engineers (18-1) their 15th straight NEWMAC title. Senior Larry Pang (Torrance, Calif.) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player for the second time in his career.

MIT's No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Eugene Oh (Alparetta, Ga.) and freshman Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) scored the first point of the day with an 8-4 win against senior Mitchell Henry (Wellesley, Mass.) and freshman Saif Rahim (Hong Kong). Babson's pairing of freshmen Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain) and Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.) defeated seniors Matthew Skalak (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and Pang at No. 2, 8-4, to even the overall match at 1-1.

In a very close back-and-forth match, MIT juniors Edwin Zhang (Falls Church, Va.) and Curtis Wu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) held on for an 8-6 win over Babson sophomores Connor DeFiore (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Ramone Doyley (Kingstone, Jamaica) at No. 1, giving the Engineers a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.

In an exciting match at No. 1, MIT's Zhang won the first set against Perez by a score of 6-3, while Perez picked up a win in the second set by the same score. The score was tied at 1-1 in the third set before it was ended, remaining unfinished. At No. 2, Pang had a 6-4, 6-3 win over Vu, while MIT's Oh defeated Henry by a score of 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4. At No. 5, the Engineers' Skalak had a 7-5, 6-1 win against DeFiore.

At No. 3, MIT's Wang won a tiebreaker against Doyley, 6-0, to take the first set by a score of 7-6. The score was 5-1 in Doyley's favor in the second set but was never finished. MIT senior Tymor Hamamasy (New York, N.Y.), last year's NEWMAC Most Outstanding Player, won the first set against freshman Davin Garcia (Essex Junction, Vt.) at No. 6 by a score of 6-2 and Garcia had a 6-4 win in the second set. The pair was tied at 1-1 in the third set before it was halted.

This was Babson's sixth appearance in the NEWMAC Championship Match and its first since 2009. The Beavers finish the year with a record of 11-8, marking the program's hightest win total since 2008.

NOTE: Portions of this story taken from an MIT press release.

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