Ephs Still Well Represented Moving into the Third Day of the MIT Invite

Alex Taylor '20
Alex Taylor '20

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Day two of the MIT Fall Invite was completed on Saturday.  Yesterday's action included three rounds of elimination play and carried results through to the semifinals.  Sunday marks the final day of the Invite where champions will be determined in both the singles and doubles categories.

Singles play began at 9:00 am with the third round of elimination play.  Going into the day, The Ephs had four representatives still competing in singles play.  Another two rounds of play cut that number to two.  Six seed Sachin Raghavan '18 was eliminated after a very close match ended in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win for a MIT opponent.  Likewise, Calvin Chung '21 was eliminated in a tough match against the five seed from Amherst with a score of 6-1, 7-5.  Alex Taylor '20 and Austin Barr '21 are the remaining Eph men still in contention for the victor spot.  Taylor defeated a Middlebury opponent 6-4, 6-0, before eliminating the five seed opponent who bested his teammate with a score of 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4).  Barr secured his spot in the semis after defeating an Amherst opponent 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3, and eliminating the one seed from Wesleyan with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 match score.  In a turn of events similar to the recent 2017 ITA New England Regional Championship, Barr and Taylor will face each other in the semi final match scheduled for Sunday.  The winner of the match will go on to play in the Finals for the chance to win the tournament.

Doubles play did not work out as successfully for Williams tennis.  Friday's first round of play left two of the four tandems still in the running.  Saturday's play, which included another two rounds of elimination, cut the remaining Eph pairs out contention.  The sophomore duo of Ben Lebowitz '20 and Ananth Raghavan '20 were defeated by a pair from Wesleyan in the first round of Saturday's play.  Seven seed Barr and Taylor defeated their first opponent from Bowdoin 8-4, but then fell to the two seed in a close 9-8(4) match. Despite elimination from the championship bracket, Arturo Kam '21 and Calvin Chung '21 advanced to the semi finals of the consolation bracket after defeating the one seed pair from Middlebury and a Bowdoin tandem.  The Conclusion of the doubles' championship and consolation brackets will occur on Sunday after singles play is wrapped up.


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