September 17, 2012

The Middlebury Invitational men's tennis tournament saw a pair of Panther rookies advancing to the finals of the "C" singles bracket. Ari Smolyer (Short Hills, N.J.) came from a set down to defeat classmate Allen Jackson (Charlotte, N.C.) 6-7 (5), 7-5, 10-4 to take the title. In "A" singles play, first-year player Alex Johnston (Leeds, England) fell in the semifinal round to Rob Crampton of Bates, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8. Crampton and his teammate Matt Bettles will decide the "A" singles title at Bates next week.

Sophomore Courtney Mountifield (Bedford, N.H.) of Middlebury was defeated 5-7, 6-1, 10-6 to Musyoka Mbithi of Trinity in the semifinals of the "B" flight, while Jackson topped senior teammate Will Oberrender (Edina, Minn.) 6-3, 6-4 in the "C" semifinals.

In doubles play, senior Alec Parower (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and rookie Jack Welch (Winchester, Mass.) fell 8-1 to the eventual champions in the "A" double flight.

• Men’s tennis hosts invitational

• Up next: 9/28-30 @ ITA Regional (Williams)