Men's Tennis Splits With Boston University & Merrimack In Spring Opener

Men's Tennis Splits With Boston University & Merrimack In Spring Opener

THE BASICS:

Scores:

Boston University 4, MIT 3
MIT 3, Merrimack College 1

Records: MIT (1-1), Boston University (5-2), Merrimack College (2-1)

Location: Cambridge, Mass. (J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble)

The Lead: Competing for the first time during the spring season, the No. 21 ranked MIT men's tennis team split a pair of matches against Division I Boston University and Division II Merrimack College. The Engineers were edged by the Terriers, 4-3, before defeating the Warriors, 3-1, in an abbreviated match.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Boston University:

- Using Division I rules against, only one doubles point was up for grabs in the first match of the afternoon. The Engineers were able to go ahead 1-0 by taking two of the three doubles matches led by a 6-1 win by Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Michael Zhao (Princeton Junction, N.J.) over Satyajit Simhadri and J.P. Avila at No. 1 and a 7-5 win by Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) over Fabian Soemarno and David Bogatin at No. 2.

- The Terrier, however, claimed four of the six singles points to win the match by a 4-3 final score. For MIT, Barr was victorious over Simhadri 6-2, 7-5 at No. 1, while Zhao won the first singles match of his collegiate career in three sets, 3-6, 7-5, 10-4 over Pete Siozios at No. 6.

- Three of the four singles points won by Boston University were in straight sets with the exception of the No. 3 singles point as Ethan Kolsky edged Cheng, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5). Owen Lu defeated Ko, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2, Marc Sable bested Charles Deng (Temple City, Calif.), 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4 and Go fell to Bogatin, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Merrimack:

- In the lone doubles match of the contest, Merrimack's duo of Mikhail Belov and Tyler Clontz defeated MIT's Henry La Soya (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Omar Gonzalez (San Juan, Texas), 8-2.

- The Engineers, however, claimed the match by winning the three singles points. Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) bested Denis Davydov, 7-4, 5-7, 10-7 at No. 1, Go swept Alex Federov 6-1, 6-0 and straight sets at No. 2 and Pablo Ampudia (San Antonio, Texas) took down Paul Weidinger, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 3 also in straight sets.

UP NEXT:

- MIT hosts Division II Bentley University on Wednesday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. in its next match.

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