|Ben Barad was a part of clutch wins in singles and doubles
CAMBRIDGE - Senior Ben Barad (San Rafael, CA) won 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the last match on the court to give the Tufts men's tennis team a dramatic, come-from-behind 5-4 win at #20 MIT in their final match of the regular-season on Wednesday.
The Jumbos are now 10-7 overall heading into the 2013 NESCAC Championship tournament to be played at Amherst College this weekend. Tufts is the #6 seed and plays #3 seed Middlebury in the opening round on Friday at 9 am.
The loss was just the second of the season for MIT (18-2), who won the NEWMAC Championship this spring.
Barad was also part of a key 9-8 (5) victory in #1 doubles that gave Tufts a 2-1 lead. With doubles tied 1-1, he and freshman Rob Jacobson (Winnetka, IL) went extra to defeat Edwin Zhang and Curtis Wu from MIT to give Tufts an edge.
Into singles, the Engineers won the first three matches convincingly to surge to a 4-2 lead. Kevin Wang at #3, Eugene Oh at #4, and Larry Pang at #2 earned the MIT victories.
Jacobson stopped the MIT run with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at #5 to make it 4-3. Sophomore Brian Tan (Orinda, CA) then preceded Barad's victory with a three-set (6-2, 1-6, 6-2) win in the sixth match. Barad's #1 singles victory gave Tufts the comeback win.