Men’s Match against MIT

The Bobcats took on MIT Saturday after the women’s match to play their fifth ranked opponent in as many matches. As they have done all year, the men came out fired up and with the right approach. We don’t control the outcome but know that if we keep doing the right things like controlling our positive attitude and fighting for every ball that good things will come. Today was the day that everything came together for the men’s team. After 4 matches were we converted a total of 3 doubles wins, the Bobcats executed flawlessly in this one. 

The energy from the women’s match never left the building and the men picked up right were they left off. At #1 Matt and Rob came out firing and took the first point 8-3. At #2 Timmy ripped every return at the Engineers feet and Pierre knocked off every volley for the 8-1 win. At #3 Peter Yanofsky and Kyle DeSisto were dominant in their 8-1 win. Not only did the big serving pair not face a break point, they didn’t have any deuce games either. The Bobcats energy was through the roof and it was great to put together 3 dominant performances.

In singles the men closed the door early as Matt and Rob won at #2 and #3 to give the Bobcats the team win 5-0 and their first win over MIT in 3 years. At #2 Matt played another lefty in Brian Oldfield. Bettles attacked the net and kept his foot on the gas, never slipping up or giving Brian any openings in this 6-1 6-2  win. At #3 Rob took on highly touted first year Eugene Oh. After the strong doubles win, the veteran jumped on his opponent early and like Bettles, gave him no breathing room. Rob ripped the ball from the baseline and set himself up to come forward in his 6-4 6-1 match clinching victory. 

The MIT team is very skilled and though the match was decided their players continued to fight. At #1 Timmy Berg was upended by Edwin Zhang 6-3 7-6(7-5). Timmy played a good match and fought his hardest but Zhang is equally talented and a remarkable ball striker. He played great tennis and was just too strong from the baseline today. At #4 Jeff Beaton won the first set 6-3 in a grind with fellow senior Sam Harmatz. In the second set Jeff fought for nearly 90 minutes but dropped the second 7-5. Since the match was decided a 10 point tie-breaker was playing in lieu of a third set. Jeff ran hard and gritted out every ball, but in the short set he came up just short 10-8. At #5 Pierre had a similar story. He lost of very close first set 6-4 and then turned things around in the second set. The first-year started hitting the ball higher over the net and created short balls to attack. He executed perfectly and took the set 6-3. In the super tie-breaker his MIT opponent stepped up and took the hard fought match. At #6 Kyle DeSisto also went three sets. He dropped the first 6-3 to the very skilled Curtis Wu before gritting out the second set 6-2. In the tie-breaker Wu got out to an early lead but Kyle came back and took command during the points by coming forward and ending points at the net to win the breaker 10-7. 

It was a great team win for the men. The amount of work the team is putting in finally indicated itself in the box score. The team is fighting better in every match top to bottom and we are clearly progressing as a unit. The team camaraderie continues to grow and the men will look to build on this match as we head to Baltimore this Thursday for a weekend of tough matches.  


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