Men’s Tennis Totals Five Victories in the Singles Main-Draw Bracket at the MIT Invitational

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Zain Ali of the Tufts University men's tennis team posted a pair of victories in the singles main-draw bracket during the three-day MIT Invitational on Friday-Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Nathan Niemiec posted a victory in the singles main-draw bracket.

Ali defeated Chris Paradis of Amherst in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, in first-round action, and then outlasted Brian Grodecki of Williams, 7-6 (8), 6-2, in the second round. The Dix Hills, New York, native then fell short, 6-1, 6-3, against William de Quant of Middlebury in the third round. 

Grant Urken of Bowdoin was the champion of the singles main-draw bracket, as he defeated de Quant of Middlebury, 6-2, 7-6 (6), in the final round. Michael Liu and Jake Roberts of Wesleyan were victorious in championship-round action of the doubles main-draw bracket, as they outlasted Grodecki and Alex Taylor of Williams, 8-4. 

Freshmen Nathan Niemiec and Zach Shaff, and junior Danny Coran each posted a victory in the singles main-draw bracket. Niemiec defeated Henry La Soya of MIT in the first round, 7-5, 6-2, and then fell short, 6-1, 6-2, against Urken of Bowdoin in second-round action. 

Shaff defeated Eliot Rozovsky of Bowdoin, 6-2, 7-5, during opening-round action, and then was defeated by Victor Cheng of MIT, 6-1, 6-1, in the second round. Coran defeated Rohan Shastri of Williams, 6-2, 6-3, in the first round, and then the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native gave a valiant effort in the second round but fell short, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, against Josh Marchalik of Amherst. 

Sophomore Ethan Chen was defeated in the first round by Liu of Wesleyan, 6-3, 6-0, while junior Rohan Gupte fell short, 6-1, 6-1, against Brian Granoff of Brandeis in opening-round action. Freshman Benjamin Biswas gave a strong effort in his first-round match, but was defeated by Jackson Kogan of Brandeis, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Freshman Jason Scanlon also competed in the tournament, but was beat by Oscar Burney of Amherst, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round. 

The Jumbos have concluded the fall portion of their 2016-17 schedule, and will now have over four months to prepare for their spring season. The Jumbos are scheduled to open up the spring portion of their schedule at Bryant in Smithfield, Rhode Island, on March 11.