May 31, 2011

The Middlebury College men’s tennis team saw its season come to an end with a 5-2 loss to top-ranked Emory in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The match took place at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center and Pauley Tennis Complex in Claremont, California. The victory boosts the Eagles’ overall record to 23-3 while the Panthers, who entered the match as defending national champs, concluded their year at 18-4.

            Middlebury claimed the first point of the match as its No. 2 doubles team of junior Derrick Angle (Troy, N.Y.) and senior Mike Malhame (Douglaston, N.Y.) topped Emory’s duo by an 8-2 margin. The Eagles were able to knot the match following No.1 doubles as juniors Chris Goodwin and Will Humphreys held off senior Andrew Peters (Baltimore, Md.) and first-year player Brantner Jones (Winnetka, Ill.) by an 8-6 score. Two turning points in the match came when Emory trailed by a 4-3 count and faced a 0-40 obstacle.  However, the tandem, which raised their overall record to 29-5, stormed back with five straight points to tie things up at 4-4. Later on, with Emory holding a 6-5 match lead, Goodwin and Humphreys fell behind by another 0-40 score before rattling off five straight points again to take a 7-5 edge.  After Middlebury held serve, the Emory pair closed out the battle with Humphrey’s ace the deciding point.  Meanwhile, senior Colin Egan and junior Dillon Pottish were engaged in an intense clash with junior David Farah (Flint, Mich.) and sophomore Spencer Lunghino (Pointe Vedra Beach, Fla.) at No. 2, where they eventually prevailed by a 9-7 decision, upping their won-lost slate to 21-3 this year.

            Goodwin increased Emory’s lead to 3-1 after he registered a 6-0, 6-2 verdict over first-year player Zach Bruchmiller (San Antonio, Texas) at No. 2 singles.  Pottish then put the Eagles one point away from clinching the match when he came away with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Peters, the No. 2-ranked player in the Northeast Region. The victory was Pottish’s 31st in 33 outings in 2010-11 and 22nd in 23 matches in the spring.  A win by Lunghino at No.4 singles kept Middlebury’s hopes alive, but senior Colin Egan ended the hopes of a Panther comeback when he won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, over sophomore Alec Parower (Scarsdale, N.Y.) at No. 3. 

            Two singles matches went unfinished. Angle had a 3-1 lead in the third set over freshman Nick Szczurek at No. 4 singles while Jones held a 1-0 lead in the match and a 6-5 advantage in the second set over Bajoria at No. 6.

            Individuals took part in the singles and doubles championships following team play. In singles action, Peters advanced to the round of eight with a 6-0, 6-7, 6-3 victory over Andrew Giuffrida of Cal Lutheran in the first round. In the quarters on Saturday, Peters was defeated 6-2, 6-2 by Dylan Pottish of Emory. The Panther doubles team of Peters and Jones were eliminated in the round of 16 on Friday with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Pereverzin/Wu of Claremont.
• end of season