Cougars Push MIT To The Limit But Come Up Short, 5-3
Worcester, Mass. – 12-time defending NEWMAC champion MIT got all it could handle from a very game Clark University squad, but in the end the Engineers held on for a 5-3 win in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's tennis action on Wednesday evening at the Corash Tennis Courts.
With the win MIT improves its overall record to 6-3 and extends its conference winning streak to 72, while the Cougars see their nine match unbeaten stretch come to an end and now sit at 9-2 overall.
The Engineers and Cougars were locked up after each team won a doubles match, but MIT pulled ahead 2-1 heading into singles play after the duo of Max Nelson (Medicac Lake, Wash.) and Christopher Hunter (Melville, N.Y.) outlasted Phillip Porter (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) and Dan Hall (Sutton, Mass.) 9-8 (7-4) at No. 3.
Hunter picked up another point at No. 6 singles with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Joel Simonson (Waterford, Conn.) and Nelson doubled up as well, taking down Dan Paradee (Gardiner, Maine) in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3 at No. 5.
The Cougars scored wins at No. 4 singles with Josh Burger (Fairfield, Conn.) knocking off Avi Walden (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) in three sets, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4 and at No. 3 behind Zack Goodstein (Columbus, Ohio), who defeated Robert Wheeler (Denton, Texas) (Denton, Texas) 6-3, 7-5.
With MIT leading 4-2, the matches moved indoors as heavy rains fell in the Worcester area. Once inside, the Engineers won the deciding match to claim the win.
Clark will look to get back in the win column on Thursday when they play host to MCLA in non-conference action, while MIT will visit Brandeis on Thursday as well.