Cambridge, Mass. (May 8) - For the second consecutive season, MIT senior Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) has been named as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Tennis Athlete of the year, when the league announced its All-Conference selections earlier this week.
Barr was joined on the All-Conference Singles Team by classmates Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) as well as junior Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.). Additionally, Barr and Cauneac were placed on the All-Conference Doubles Team and Go was placed on the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
The Engineers captured their 21st straight NEWMAC Championship this past weekend as MIT blanked Wheaton, 5-0, in the semifinals and topped Babson, 5-1, in the title match to earn the league's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship Tournament.
This spring, Barr went 18-4 overall in singles play, which includes a 13-2 mark at position number one and a perfect 5-0 record in NEWMAC play. Cauneac went 15-4 overall in singles play, which includes a mark of 10-2 at position two and a 4-0 record in conference play. Go ranked third on the team in singles wins with a record of 14-3 and a 9-2 record at position four as five of his wins came during the conference season. Finally, Ko finished the season with a 13-4 record overall, a 5-0 record in league play and a 9-2 record at position three. In doubles play, Barr and Cauneac combined to go 12-3 overall and 4-1 in NEWMAC matches.
MIT (13-5) heads to Middlebury College for the regional round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship Tournament. After receiving a first-round bye, the Engineers are scheduled to open play on Saturday, May 11 at 8:30 am against either Stevenson University or Clarks Summit University in the second round. The regional final match is scheduled to take place at 10:00 am on Sunday at 6th-ranked Middlebury.
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