May 3, 2010

The Panther men's tennis team completed another perfect NESCAC regular season with an 8-1 win at #12 Williams (9-5, 6-2) on Sunday afternoon. Top-ranked Middlebury moved to 16-2 overall, 8-0 in the league with the victory. The Panthers have now lost just one NESCAC regular season match since '02.

            Middlebury cruised to a pair of doubles wins, with junior Andrew Peters (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Chris Mason (Owings Mills, Md.) picking up a 9-7 win in the third spot.

            Middlebury put the match away quickly in singles play, winning the first two matches. Senior Andrew Thomson (W. Bloomfield, Mich.) was a 6-2, 6-2 winner at #2, while senior Peter Odell (Scarsdale, N.Y.) earned a 6-3, 7-5 win the fourth slot to seal the match at 5-0.

            Middlebury earned a hard-fought 5-4 win over fifth-ranked Amherst (22-8, 7-1) at home on Saturday. In doubles play, Middlebury took a 2-1 lead over Amherst by winning the first and third matches by 8-5 and 8-4 scores, while the Jeffs edged out a win at number two. Mark Kahan and Moritz Koenig fought off the doubles sweep from Middlebury by winning 7-1 in the tiebreaker for a 9-8 victory at number two doubles.

            In singles action, the two top teams in the region split the six matches, allowing the Panthers to hold on for the narrow victory, 5-4. Senior Eliot Jia (Mount Desert, Maine) made it a 3-1 match with a 6-0, 6-3 win at #5, before Austin Chafetz topped Peters 6-2, 6-1 at #1 to cut the lead to 3-2. The Jeffs knotted the match when Sean Doerfler earned a 6-2, 6-3 win over rookie Alec Parower (Scarsdale, N.Y.) at #6, before the Panthers regained the lead on a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win at #3 by Thomson over Moritz Koenig.

            Amherst tied the match once more when Wes Waterman earned a 7-5, 6-4 win over Odell in the fourth slot, leaving the match at 4-4 with the #2 singles match in progress. In the final match of the day, senior Andrew Lee (Eden Prarie, Minn.) came up big for the Panthers, earning a 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3 victory to secure the victory. 

• Men's tennis record: 16-2

• Up next: 5/8-9 @ NESCAC Championship (Amherst)