April 30, 2012

The seventh-ranked Middlebury men’s tennis team improved to 11-4 on the season with an 8-1 victory over #22 Skidmore (8-6).

Skidmore’s lone point came in doubles play, where Danny Knight and Oliver Loutsenko topped senior Eric Vehovec (Toronto, Ont.) and senior Derrick Angle (Troy, N.Y.), 8-3. The Panthers won the other two doubles contests for a 2-1 advantage after mixing up all three of their doubles teams for the match.

In singles play, Middlebury won all six matches with junior Spencer Lunghino (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) coming from a set down to top Miles Ransom 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Sophomore Brantner Jones (Winnetka, Ill.), junior Alec Parower (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Angle each won in straight sets at 1, 2, 3, as did sophomore Teddy Fitzgibbons (Mission Hills, Kan.) in the fifth slot. First-year player Peter Hedrich (Peoria, Ill.) played his first match in the top six this season, topping Alec Hoblitzell 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 in the sixth slot.

Middlebury won its second match in as many days as the Panthers picked up a 6-3 win over #28 MIT (13-4).

The Panthers picked up their first doubles sweep in a few weeks, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. Angle and Vehovec rolled at #2 doubles 8-3, while Jones and Lunghino edged Matt Skalak and Edwin Zhang 9-8 at #1.

Middlebury won three singles matches in straight sets, with Angle continuing his run at #3 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Brian Olfield. Parower cruised past Larry Pang 6-2, 6-1 at #2, as did Fitzgibbons in the #5 slot, 6-0, 6-2 over Curtis Wu.

Middlebury ended its regular season with a 9-0 NESCAC loss to top-ranked Amherst at home. The Jeffs improved to 26-2 with their 12th straight win, while the Panthers fell to 12-5 overall.

Amherst jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three hard-fought victories in doubles play. Middlebury took 3-6 singles matches to a third set, but were unable to secure a win. At #1 singles, 31st ranked Mark Kahan of Amherst outlasted 44th ranked Jones of Middlebury, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Joey Fritz was a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 winner over Lunghino at #4, while Andrew Jung topped Fitzgibbons 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the #5 slot.

• Men’s tennis record: 12-5

• Up next: 5/4-6 @ NESCAC Championship (Williams)