Doubles Team Wins Nationals - Panthers Compete At Bates

October 14, 2007

The Middlebury College men's tennis team has a busy weekend with action taking place in Maine and Alabama. After winning the ITA Regional doubles title a few weeks ago, the duo of senior Filip Marinkovic (Toronto, Ont.) and sophomore Andrew Thomson (W. Bloomfield, Mich.) qualified for the ITA Small College Tennis Championships in Alabama over the weekend. The pair were impressive, winning three matches to capture the national title. The pair were straight set victors over each of their opponents, including a 6-3, 6-4 win over Emory in the finals. They advanced to the "Super Bowl" of small college tennis, competing against the winners from Division II, NAIA and junior colleges. Marinkovic and Thomson went down in the semifinals of that bracket, 3-6, 6-3, 3-10.

The rest of the Panthers were competing in the Wallach Invitational hosted by Bates College. In singles play, sophomore Eliot Jia (Mount Desert, Maine) advanced to the finals of the "B" singles bracket, before falling 6-3, 6-2 in the finals. First-year player Ben Weitz (Elkins Parks, Pa.) also advanced to the finals, falling in the "D" singles title match, 6-0, 6-2.

Middlebury enjoyed more success in doubles play as sophomores Andrew Lee (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Chris Mason (Owings Mills, Md.) won the "A" doubles brackets, winning four matches, including an 8-3 victory in the championship.