May 24, 2010

The Middlebury College men's tennis team is making its ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and eighth straight trip to the quarterfinal round. The Panthers will meet N.C. Wesleyan in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday, May 25th. Matches are taking place on Don Hunsinger Courts and are hosted by Oberlin College in Ohio.

The Middlebury men have won 16 straight matches entering the regional, boasting an impressive 20-2 record. The Panthers have won 17 or more matches for seven straight seasons, advancing to the final four in six of those seven seasons. Middlebury boasts a 24-9 record in NCAA Tournament play since '02, winning the national title in '04. The Panthers followed that title up with two consecutive trips to the national championship match. Middlebury has also won six NESCAC Championships, including a 6-0 win over Williams. Middlebury is currently the top-ranked team in the nation in the latest ITA poll.

The Panthers are led by seniors Eliot Jia (Mount Desert, Maine), Andrew Lee (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Conrad Olson (Waterloo, Belgium), Andrew Thomson (Bloomfield, Mich.) and junior Andrew Peters (Baltimore, Md.), who all earned first-team All-NESCAC honors this season. Lee was also named the NESCAC and ITA Northeast Player of the Year. Seniors Chris Mason (Owings Mills, Md.) and Peter Odell (Scarsdale, N.Y.) round out the Panther line-up.

Following the team championships, Lee and Peters will compete in the NCAA singles championship, while Thomson/Lee will battle in doubles play. Thomson is also an alternate and may see action in singles play.
• Men's Tennis prepares for NCAA's
• Up next: 5/25-30 @ NCAA's (Oberlin College)