MEN’S TENNIS GOES 8-1 IN CALIFORNIA
April 1, 2013
The Middlebury College men’s tennis team earned an 8-1 mark during their spring trip to California. The ninth-ranked Panthers now sit at 11-1 on the year, having faced six nationally-ranked teams on their trip.
The trip opened with a 6-3 win over 22nd-ranked Whittier. The Panthers took two of three doubles matches, with wins coming at single slots 3-6. First-year player Palmer Campbell (Nashville, Tenn.) earned a 6-3, 6-1 win at #3 singles, while picking up an 8-6 win in doubles play with junior Brantner Jones (Winnetka, Ill.).
Middlebury had little trouble with Cal. Tech the following day, cruising to a 9-0 victory with several players moving up in the lineup.
The Panthers earned a key 8-1 win over 10th-ranked UC-Santa Cruz, as head coach Bob Hansen faced his former team. Middlebury won three four-set matches in singles play, taking two of three doubles matches. Jones and junior Zach Bruchmiller (San Antonio, Texas) earned early singles wins to make it a 4-1 match, with Jones going 6-2, 6-4 at #1 and Bruchmiller winning 6-3, 6-2 at #6. Junior Teddy Fitzgibbons (Mission Hills, Kan.) sealed the match at #5 singles, coming from a set down to earn a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Middlebury moved to 4-0 on the trip as they handed Pacific an 8-1 loss. The Panthers won five of six singles matches in straight sets en route to the win.
Redlands was next for Middlebury, as the Panthers edged out a 5-4 victory over the 12th ranked team in the nation. Middlebury trailed 4-2 with three matches to play, battling back with three singles wins to earn the victory. Fitzgibbons won 6-4, 6-3, Campbell was a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 winner, while Bruchmiller sealed the win with a 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4) victory.
Middlebury earned two wins on the 27th of March, topping Willamette 8-1, before earning an 8-1 win over 24th-ranked Pomona-Pitzer.
The final day of the trip saw a 7-2 victory over #29 Wisconsin-Whitewater. Following the match, the Panthers took on top-ranked Claremont, falling 8-1 for their first loss of the season. Campbell earned a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win at #3 to pace the team.
• Men’s tennis record: 11-1
• Up next: 4/6 vs. Wesleyan – 10:00, 4/7 vs. Trinity – 1:00