Men's Tennis Headed To NCAA Championships
May 18, 2009
The Middlebury College men's tennis team is making its eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and seventh straight trip to the quarterfinal round. The Panthers will meet NESCAC rival Amherst in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday, May 19th in Claremont, California. Matches are taking place at the Biszanta Family Tennis Center and are hosted by Claremont McKenna.
The Middlebury men have won 13 straight matches entering the championship week, boasting an impressive 21-2 record. The Panthers have won 17 or more matches for six straight seasons, advancing to the final four in each of those seasons. Middlebury boasts a 22-8 record in NCAA Tournament play since '02, winning the national title in '04. The Panthers followed that title up with two consecutive trips to the national championship match. Middlebury has also won five NESCAC Championships, including a 5-3 victory over Amherst on May 3rd.
Middlebury is currently ranked first in the Northeast and fifth nationally in the latest ITA polls. Conrad Olson is the top-ranked singles player in the northeast, while Andrew Thomson is ranked ninth. The doubles duo of Thomson and David Farrah are ranked fourth.
Following the team championships, Olson will compete in the NCAA singles championship, while Thomson/Farah will battle in doubles play. Thomson is also an alternate and may see action in singles play.
2009 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship - Biszanta Family Tennis Center - Claremont, CA
Quarterfinals, Tuesday, May 19th - all times are eastern
Washington Univ. (21-2) vs. Gustavus Adolphus (27-8) - 1:00
Middlebury (21-2) vs. Amherst (26-6) - 1:00 p.m.
Emory (18-3) vs. Kenyon (21-7) - 5:00 p.m.
UC-Santa Cruz (15-7) vs. Williams (14-5) - 5:00 p.m.
Semifinals, Wednesday, May 20th
Washington Univ./Gustavus Adolphus winner vs. Middlebury/Amherst winner - 4:00 p.m.
Emory/Kenyon winner vs. UC-Santa Cruz/Williams winner - 4:00 p.m.
NCAA Championship, Thursday, May 21st
Consolation match - 3:00 p.m.
NCAA Championship - 4:00 p.m.