Men's Tennis Team Trounces Clark U.By Dan Wang
The men's tennis team improved its fall record to 2-2 with an 8-0 win over Clark University on Tuesday.
MIT played the match without the services of its top player, Jay Muelhoefer '94, who was on the sidelines recovering from injuries sustained during the Rolex New England Regionals held last weekend. Coach Jeff Hamilton was forced to move everyone to one position higher than usual.
The change did not dramatically affect the outcome of the match. In singles play, Mauricio Lomelin '94, Nick Tsai '94, and Dan Wang '97 all captured their first singles victories of the season.
In his first varsity singles match, Rob Marcato '97 won fairly easily over Chirag Chaman, 6-1, 6-3. Lomelin, Wang, and Jason Weintraub '97 also won their singles matches in straight sets. Tsai and Mark Erickson '94 both struggled early on, but recovered to win in three sets with scores of, respectively, 5-7, 6-0, 6-0, and 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, 6-2.
With the outcome of the meet already decided after singles play, the doubles teams played abbreviated matches. Tsai, who usually plays with Muelhoefer, was paired this time with Marcato. They were able to win, 8-6, over the Clark team of Chaman and Brad Powers. The third doubles team of Wang and Weintraub improved its record to 2-2, with an 8-3 win over Josh Barrett and Neil Defrancesca.
Doubles play had nearly been completed by the time Erickson finished his singles match. For this reason, Erickson and Lomelin, the second-seeded doubles team, did not play their match.