Middlebury Falls In NCAA Semifinals

May 16, 2007

The Middlebury men's tennis team saw its season come to an end with a tough 5-4 loss to Emory in the semifinal contest at Washington University in St. Louis. The Panthers will wrap up their regular season in an NCAA consolation match against Gustavus Adolphus on Thursday.

Middlebury took a 2-1 lead after doubles play, with victories at #2 and #3. Alex Scott and George Mayer were defeated 8-4, before Filip Marinkovic and Conrad Olson were 8-6 victors in the #3 slot. Kevin Bergesen and Andrew Thompson were forced to go to a tie-breaker, earning a 9-8 win.

Scott quickly dropped his match at #1, falling 6-2, 6-1 to tie the match at two. Bergesen earned a 7-5, 6-4 win at #4, before Mayer went down 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 at #3 to tie the match at three.

Marinkovic battled back from a 6-2 loss in the first set to pick up 6-2, 6-3 victories to earn the point in the sixth slot. Thompson was defeated in a pair of tie-breakers, 7-6, 7-6 to tie the match at four.

With the match on the line, Olson had just begun his third set after winning the first 6-4 and dropping the second in a tie-breaker, 7-6. The two battled in the third set with Olson holding a 5-3 lead. Yoji Masouka of Emory then battled back to earn a 7-5 win to clinch the match that lasted over four hours.