April 4, 2011

            The Middlebury College men’s tennis team is off to another great start as the top-ranked Panthers own an 11-1 record on the season. The team’s annual trip to California began with a 7-2 win over Glendale and a 6-3 victory over #18 California Lutheran. Middlebury topped another ranked opponent the following day, earning an 8-1 win over #30 Gustavus Adolphus.

            After a 9-0 win over California Tech, the Panthers locked up in a battle with 16th-ranked Redlands. Down 2-1 after doubles play, Middlebury came on strong to sweep five of six singles matches to emerge with the 6-3 victory. Junior Derrick Angle (Troy, N.Y.) clinched the match, coming back from one set down.

            Middlebury suffered its first loss of the season the following day, falling to NAIA power Azusa pacific by a score of 6-3. In doubles play, senior Andrew Peters (Baltimore, Md.) and rookie Brantner Jones (Winnetka, Ill.) came back from 4-7 down in doubles play to defeated the second-ranked duo in the country.

            The Panthers bounded back with a 5-4 win over Cerritos and a 9-0 shutout victory over Chapman to end their California trip. Middlebury wasted little time after their return, with a lengthy road trip to Hamilton. The Panthers had little trouble with the Continentals, handing them a 9-0 defeat.
• Men’s tennis record: 11-1
• Up next: 4/9 vs. Trinity – 12:00