Men’s Tennis Sweeps Doubles, Wins 3 Singles to Beat Brandeis

The MIT men’s tennis team swept the doubles matches and won the top three singles matches en route to a 6-3 victory over Brandeis University on Saturday. With the win, the Engineers improved to 2-0 on the year while the Judges dropped their first contest of the season.

The No. 3 doubles team of Melvin C. Makhni ’07 and Colin L. Klick ’07 defeated Adam Ciminello and Cliff Silverman, 8-2, for MIT’s first victory of the day. David E. Iba ’09 and Mark D. Egan ’07 collaborated for an 8-5 decision over Adam Sher and Scott Schulman in the No. 2 slot. Thomas H. Dohlman ’07 and Eric A. Beren ’08 wrapped up doubles play by posting an 8-4 win in the top spot versus Sam Jonas and Jordan Bieber.

Dohlman extended the Engineers’ lead to 4-0 following a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Jonas. Egan clinched the match with a 6-3, 7-5 decision against Bieber in the No. 3 position. Silverman put Brandeis on the board following a 6-1, 6-4 win over Peden P. Nichols ’09. MIT notched its last victory of the day in the No. 2 singles slot when Beren defeated Sher, 6-5, 7-6 (5).

The Judges closed the gap by winning the No. 5 and No. 6 matches in the super-tiebreaker. Klick recorded a 6-2 score in the first set, but Schulman answered with a win of his own by the same margin. He then outlasted Klick, 10-7, to earn the No. 5 singles victory. In the final match of the day, Derek Tesser posted a 6-4 decision in the opening set, but MIT’s Manuel L. Rivera ’10 won the second set, 6-3. Tesser bounced back to register a score of 10-6 in the super-tiebreaker.