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Netmen Demolish Brandeis to Finish Season

By Dan Wang
Team Member

The men's tennis team closed out its season on a high note Friday by defeating Brandeis University at home, 61. The result gave the team a final record of 49 for the spring, and 612 for the 1993-94 season.

MIT was off to a quick 10 lead after capturing two of the three doubles matches. Second doubles pair of Hank Lin '97 and Jordan Lupu '96, the first ones to finish, came back from a 63 deficit to win, 86. MIT then clinched the point soon afterwards when third doubles players John Love '97 and Dan Wang '97 came off the court with an 83 victory. At the top, Rob Marcato '97 and Jason Weintraub '97 almost pulled off a sweep for the doubles, but finished at the short end of a 1210 tiebreak result.

For Marcato and Weintraub, their singles play was much more successful, as they quickly added two points to the team score, with easy straight set wins at the respective first and fourth positions. Love, playing sixth singles, also won easily, thus securing the team win for MIT. Of these three matches, none of the MIT players gave up a total of more than three games.

The other singles players had more difficult times with their opponents. At second singles, Wang's opponent kept the match close, but Wang managed to stay ahead, and finish with a 63, 64 win. At third singles, Lin's opponent forced a third set after dropping the first, but Lin regrouped and cruised through the final set. Fifth singles player Lupu was not as fortunate as his teammates, and faced a tough opponent, who handed Lupu a 63,75 defeat.

Shutout against Amherst

On Wednesday, Amherst College came to MIT, and defeated its perennial rival for the third consecutive year, this time by a score of 70.

After losing two out of the three doubles matches, the Engineers fought hard in the singles, but all came up short. Only Wang was able to win a set, as he took the opener, 61. He remained very close with his opponent, but the difference was a loss of six straight games, occurring through both the end of the second set and the beginning of the third, for a 16, 63, 6-3 result.

At this point in the season, coach Jeff Hamilton has usually remained busy, preparing either the team or individuals for the national championships. However, this year marked the first team in eight years that MIT did not qualify any players, either as a team or as individuals, to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Championships.

Just as much as the team went through changes from last year, with the graduation of the top four players, the team may change just as much next year, and in the years to follow. Hamilton is hoping for contributions from some incoming freshmen, as a handful of his top recruits have expressed intentions of attending MIT. Their talents, along with the experience gained by this young team throughout the season, should lead to improved results in the future.