April 24, 2010

Wheaton swept by nationally-ranked MIT in NEWMAC title match

NEW LONDON, CT- Making its fifth New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament title-match appearance, the second-seeded Wheaton College men's tennis team was swept by nationally-ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 5-0 during Saturday's final at the United States Coast Guard Academy, as the Engineers have now won every league championship in the NEWMAC's 12-year history.

The Lyons finished their successful school year one win shy of matching a program record, falling to 14-5 while earning their most victories since the 2004-05 campaign.  Wheaton qualified for its first appearance in a championship match in three years.  MIT, which extended its winning streak to eight matches, raised its record to 14-1.  The Engineers are ranked 26th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). 

Lyon juniors Harry Altman (Riverdale, NY/The Dwight School) and Brian Krantz (Milford, CT/Joseph A. Foran) put up the biggest doubles fight, as the tandem suffered an 8-4 setback in the third slot.  MIT turned in a pair of 8-2 triumphs in the top two positions to take a 3-0 lead into singles play.

The Engineers clinched the title with straight-set victories in the fourth and sixth spots.  During incomplete matches, sophomore Neall Oliver (Portland, ME/Deering) posted a 6-1 win in the top slot's opening set, while seniors James Little (Mount Desert, ME/Mount Desert Island) and Kyle Hudgins (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge) were leading their second sets at two and three, respectively.

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