CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Top-seeded MIT got out to a 3-0 lead after doubles and earned three wins in singles play on its way to a 6-0 victory over second-seeded Babson College in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's tennis championship match on Sunday at the DuPont Tennis Courts.
With its 16th consecutive league title, MIT is now 13-5 on the season, while Babson, which reached the finals for the second consecutive season, drops to 10-9 overall.
First to finish in doubles were Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.) and Dennis Garcia (Corpus Christi, Texas) with their 8-4 win over sophomores Saif Rahim (Hong Kong, China) and Isaac Thylen (Surfside, Fla.) at number three. In the top spot, MIT's Kevin Wang (Havertown, Pa.) and Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) defeated sophomores Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon) and Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.), 8-5, while Zhang and Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) came through with an 8-5 victory over juniors Connor DeFiore (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Ramone Doyley (Kingstone, Jamaica) at number two.
Gea topped Doyley 6-2, 6-3 at number four singles, and Garcia clinched the victory with a 6-2, 6-4 win at number six. The only other singles match to be completed came at number one where Perez rallied to force a third set before falling 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 to Zhang in a battle of two of the region's top players.
In three unfinished matches, Vu trailed Wang 6-3, 4-4 at number two singles, Thylen lost the first set and was down 1-0 in the second at number three, and DeFiore lost 6-4 in the opening set to Bu and was deadlocked at 3-3 in the second at number five singles.
Babson will wrap up its regular season with a match at Trinity on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., and both teams will find out on Monday, May 5, if they have received a Pool B into the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Note: Portions of this release courtesy of MIT.