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MIT Men's Tennis Falls to No. 24 Johns Hopkins, 5-1, in Tight NCAA Tournament Second Round Match

MIT Men's Tennis Falls to No. 24 Johns Hopkins, 5-1, in Tight NCAA Tournament Second Round Match

This release is courtesy of MIT Sports Information.

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 24 Johns Hopkins University 5, MIT 1

Records: MIT (12-8), Johns Hopkins (19-3)

Location: Middlebury, Vt. (Proctor Tennis Courts)

The Lead: In a close NCAA Tournament second round match, the MIT men's tennis team fell to No. 24 Johns Hopkins University, 5-1, on Saturday afternoon at Middlebury College. This was the first meeting in the history of both programs.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Junior Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and freshman Pablo Ampudia (San Antonio, Texas) inched out to a 3-2 lead at No. 1 doubles but David Perez and Scott Thygesen won three of the next four games en route to an 8-6 victory for Johns Hopkins. At the No. 3 spot, MIT junior Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and sophomore Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) held a 3-2 edge, however, Vishnu Joshi and Vik Vasan rallied for a 7-4 advantage before capturing an 8-6 win. Trailing throughout their No. 2 doubles match, freshman Michael Zhao(Princeton Junction, N.J.) and sophomore Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) tied things up at 7-7 and eventually forced a tiebreaker. The duo built a 4-2 lead, but Joe Cartledge and Austin Gu won the next five points to complete the sweep for the Blue Jays.

- Thygesen gave Johns Hopkins a 4-0 lead following his 6-2, 6-3 win over Cauneac at the No. 2 singles position. Go put the Engineers on the board courtesy of his 6-2, 6-2 victory against Justin Kang in the No. 6 spot. Deng won back-to-back games to take a 5-4 lead in the opening set of his match with Gu in the No. 5 slot. However, Gu rattled off three straight victories to claim the set and then clinched the match after a 6-3 performance in the second set.

- At the time the match was halted, Barr had a 6-2, 3-4 score in his No. 1 singles match with Joshi while Cheng led Eric Yoo, 6-3, 3-6, 3-1, in the No. 3 spot. Cody Kim, meanwhile, led junior Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.), 6-3, 5-2, in the No. 4 position.