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Men’s Varsity Tennis

This weekend, MIT hosts rounds of 32 and 16 of the NCAA Division III men’s tennis national tournament. The Elite Eight (two from each region) will advance to Nationals at Kalamzoo College, in Michigan. Seeded No. 2 in the East, MIT is favored to advance.

The MIT Varsity Men’s Tennis Team has just completed their best regular season in school history. In preseason polls, they were ranked 21st nationally and went 20-1 in regular season play, falling only to Williams College, the defending national champions. They started out the season with big wins over local Division I schools, and then went west to California. In California, they knocked off number 15 Pomona, number 11 Claremont, and 6th ranked University of Redlands. MIT had never before beaten Claremont or University of Redlands, who just the day before had beaten fourth ranked Williams College.

Back home in New England, MIT beat Div. I rivals Boston College and University of Vermont, regular Div. III rivals Trinity, Bowdoin, and Tufts, and went through NEWMAC conference play without losing a single match. Finally, in a 1 vs. 2 Eastern regional showdown, Williams College was able to bring MIT their first loss. Coach Jeff Hamilton was pleased with the team’s success, and the tennis Beavers look forward to regional and national post-season play. They invite all MIT affiliates to come out and support MIT athletics this weekend. Semifinal matches are at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and the final match is Sunday at 1 p.m. Related stories: