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MIT Downs Men's Tennis, 8-1, in NEWMAC Action

Eric Henne Springfield, Mass. -- April 4, 2009 -- Sophomore Eric Henne won his match at No. 5 singles, but it wasn't nearly enough as the MIT men's tennis team defeated Henne's Springfield College team, 8-1, this afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference match indoors at Springfield College's Field House.

With the win, MIT is now 8-1 overall, 1-0 in NEWMAC play. Springfield is now 4-4 overall, 0-2 in league action.

MIT won all three doubles matches to get the ball rolling for the Engineers. Sophomores Kevin Pang (Torrance, Calif.) and Ken Van Tilburg (Kapellan, Belgiium) won their match at No. 1 doubles, 9-7, after trailing 7-4 over senior Andrew Constant (Kingston, N.Y.) and junior Trevor Romanzi (Bay Shore, N.Y.).

MIT won singles matches at No. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. Pang won a close one at No. 1 singles over Constant, 6-3, 1-6, (10-8) in a super tiebreaker.

Henne, a sophomore from Bristol, Conn., was the lone Pride winner at No. 5 singles over senior Ryan Castonia (Whitehall, Mich.), 6-4, 6-4.

Final Score: MIT 8, Springfield 1

Doubles
1) Kevin Pang/Ken Van Tilburg (MIT) def. Andrew Constant/Trevor Romanzi (SC), 9-7
2) David Iba/Brian Wee (MIT) def. Zach O'Leary/Tim Tunis (SC), 8-0
3) Ryan Castonia/Peden Nichols (MIT) def. Eric Henne/John Schrank (SC), 8-3

Singles
1) Pang (MIT) def. Constant (SC), 6-3, 1-6, (10-8 super tiebreaker)
2) Van Tilburg (MIT) def. Romanzi (SC), 6-1, 6-3
3) Wee (MIT) def. Tunis (SC), 6-1, 6-0
4) Nichols (MIT) def. O'Leary (SC), 6-1, 6-3
5) Henne (SC) def. Castonia (MIT), 6-4, 6-4
6) David Iba (MIT) def. Doug Nickerson (SC), 6-2, 6-1

Records: MIT -- 8-1, 1-0 NEWMAC; Springfield -- 4-4, 0-2 NEWMAC

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