May 26, 2009

The Panther men's tennis team saw its season come to an end with a tight 5-1 loss to Amherst in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Panthers finish their season with a 21-3 record, second-most wins in school history. The match took place at the Biszanta Family Tennis Center and was hosted by Claremont McKenna.

Middlebury dug itself a hole early, facing a 3-0 deficit after doubles play. The Panthers quickly fell down 4-0 after a 6-2, 6-0 loss by junior Elliot Jia (Mount Desert, Maine) to Wes Waterman at #6 singles. Middlebury then mounted a comeback as junior Peter Odell (Scarsdale, N.Y.) was a 6-3, 7-6 winner over Priit Gross in the #5 slot. Junior Andrew Thomson (W. Bloomfield, Mich.) dropped a three set (6-4, 5-7, 6-1) match to Austin Chafetz at #2, as the Jeffs took the match by a score of 5-1. Junior Andrew Lee (Eden Prairie, Minn.) was up a set at #3, while sophomore Andrew Peters (Baltimore, Md.) (#4) and senior Conrad Olson (Waterloo, Belgium) (#1) were in the third set when the match was decided.

Olson had an impressive showing at the NCAA Individual Championships, winning three matches before being eliminated in the semifinal round. He cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Carlos Perez Borja of Grinnell in the first round, before dominating John James of Mary Washington 6-0, 6-0 in the round of 16. On Saturday, Olson was a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 winner over John Watts of Washington University in the quarterfinals. Michael Goodwin of Emory, the fifth seed, defeated Olson 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 in the semifinal round of the tournament. In doubles play, Thomson and rookie David Farah (Flint, Mich.) won the first set 6-4, but then fell 7-6, 7-5 to Bobby Cocanaugher and Cory Kowal of Trinity (TX) in the first round.

For complete match results, see: http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports/mens/tennis/
. Men's tennis final record: 21-3