March 30, 2009

The Middlebury College men's tennis team enjoyed a successful spring break trip to California, playing six matches, four of them against teams ranked in the top 10 nationally. The fourth-ranked Panthers opened the trip with a 6-3 win over #6 Azusa Pacific, followed by an 8-1 victory over Laverne. Middlebury then took on #8 UC-Santa Cruz, suffering a 5-4 loss. With the match tied at 3-3, UC-Santa Cruz took a 4-3 lead before sophomore Andrew Peters (Baltimore, Md.) won 2-7, 7-6, 6-3 at #4 singles to tie the match at 4-4. Rookie Derrick Angle (Troy, N.Y.) suffered a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 loss at #6 singles as the Panthers fell 5-4.

Middlebury bounced back the next day, coming away with a 5-4 win over #10 Redlands. Trailing 2-1 after doubles play, senior Conrad Olson (Waterloo, Belgium) and junior Andrew Thomson (W. Bloomfield, Mich.) won at #1 and #2 singles to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead. Peters made it a 4-2 match before junior Andrew Lee (Eden Prarie, Minn.) was a 7-5, 7-5 winner at #3 singles to seal the win.

The Panthers cruised to an 8-1 win over Pacific Lutheran, before ending the trip with a hard-fought 5-4 loss to #3 Claremont. Middlebury trailed 4-3 in the match before Lee earned a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win at #3 to tie the match at 4-4. The match came down to the #1 singles spot, where Olson suffered a 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 loss.

Peters ended the trip 4-0 in singles play, while Lee and Thomson each earned 3-1 marks. In doubles play, Lee and Olson paired up to win three of fourth matches.

For complete match results, see: http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports/mens/tennis/
. Men's tennis record: 8-2
. Up next: 4/4 vs. Wesleyan - 11:00, 4/4 vs. Skidmore - 3:00, 4/5 vs. Trinity - 1:00