Williams Dispatches MIT in NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament
Courtesy Williams Sports Information
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - On the heels of a 5-0 defeat of Drew on Saturday, Williams men's tennis defeated MIT this afternoon 5-0 in the third round of the NCAA tournament to advance to the national quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.
Williams improved to 17-2 on the season with the victory, while MIT finished its season with a 16-5 overall record. The Ephs are now 48-17 all time in NCAA tournament play, while the Engineers are now 10-15.
It was the second time the Ephs and Engineers had faced off this season, as Williams had claimed an 8-1 victory in the fall; the Engineers battled to the end, but this afternoon's contest followed a similar storyline.
Williams was the first team on the board in doubles, as the No. 3 Eph team of Kevin Shallcross and Will Petrie claimed a swift 8-4 win over counterparts Eugene Oh and Tymor Hamamasy, finishing just before Felix Sun and Matt Micheli claimed an impressive 8-2 victory of their own at No. 2 over Larry Pang and Curtis Wu. First doubles, meanwhile, proved to be quite a battle: Ephs Trey Meyer and Bryan Chow traded strokes with Edwin Zhang and Matthew Skalak and only managed to break the Engineers once. However, Zhang and Skalak could not break back, and Meyer and Chow were able to give the Ephs a 3-0 lead headed at the close of doubles play with an 8-6 win.
The Ephs continued to charge ahead in singles. At No. 5, Chow built off the momentum of his doubles win to defeat Hamamasy 6-3, 6-4, giving the Ephs a 4-0 lead, before Zach Weiss topped Brian Oldfield 6-2, 6-3 on court four to give Williams the sweep.
Third-year coach Dan Greenberg '08 improves to 6-3 in the NCAA tournament in his coaching career with the Ephs' win. Greenberg led Williams to the National Semifinal and a fourth place finish overall.
The Ephs now travel to Cary, North Carolina for a match against Bowdoin on May 21