WALTHAM, Mass. -- In their final dual match before the 2014 University Athletic Association championships later this week, the Brandeis men's tennis team defeated MIT, 6-3, on the Rieger Tennis courts. The 30th-ranked Judges improve to 10-7 with the win, while the Engineers fall to 11-5 as their four-match winning streak was snapped.
Brandeis head coach Ben Lamanna shuffled the doubles lineup for the Judges after they suffered a sweep at the hands of Bates over the weekend. Lamanna was rewarded as the three new tandems earned Brandeis their first 3-0 mark after doubles action since April 4.
At the top spot, rookie Brian Granoff (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) and sophomore Danny Lubarsky (Cleveland, Ohio/Hawken School) earned an 8-4 win. Junior Alec Siegel (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) and freshman Michael Arguello (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) had the easiest of the three matches, winning 8-2 at No. 2. In the third spot, rookie Jeff Cherkin (Melville, N.Y. / Half Hollow Hills East) teamed with junior Michael Secular (Bronx, N.Y./Plant, Fla.) for an 8-6 victory to complete the sweep.
MIT rallied a bit in early singles play, winning three of the first four matches. Granoff improved to 6-1 on the season at No. 1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Edwin Zhang, but the Engineers took wins at 2, 3 and 6 in straight sets to cut the lead to 4-3 as the final two matches went to three sets.
The clinching point came at No. 4, where rookie Ryan Bunis (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable) won 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. It was the rookie's seventh win in a row, and the fifth time in that span he rallied from a one-set deficit to win, including the last three. Brandeis added a third singles win at No. 5, where Siegel also bounced back from dropping the first set. He owned a 4-6, 7-5, 3-1 lead when his opponent retired.
The Judges return to action on Thursday at the UAA Championships. The Judges were dealt the eighth seed in the tournament - thanks to head-to-head results that saw them fall to 7-seed NYU, who lost to 6-seed Rochester. Brandeis will meet top-seeded and second-in-the-nation Washington University in the opening round.