Men's Tennis Advances To NCAA Semi's

May 25, 2010

Middlebury advanced to the NCAA semifinal for the seventh time in eight years with a 5-0 win over N.C. Wesleyan. The Panthers advance to take on Washington-St. Louis, a 5-0 winner over Carnegie Mellon, in the semifinals on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Matches are being played at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Middlebury improved to 21-2 with the win, while 11th ranked N.C. Wesleyan fell to 18-2 overall. The Panthers jumped out quickly, taking a 3-0 advantage after doubles play. Eliot Jia and Conrad Olson gave Middlebury its first point with an 8-3 win over Artsiom Prostak and Marcelo Prata at #2 doubles. Chris Mason and Andrew Peters won an 8-5 match over Alexey Rumyantsev and Clayton Sonn at #3, before Andrew Thomson and Andrew Lee capped the sweep with an 8-3 win over Anton Filonov and Ramon Garcia at #1.

The match ended quickly in singles play, as Jia quickly dispatched of Sonn at #5, 6-0, 6-0 to make it a 4-0 lead. Peter Odell sealed the victory in the sixth slot, earning a 6-0, 6-1 win over Prata. The Panthers had taken the first set in the other four singles matches, with Thomson nearing victory at #4, 6-4, 5-0.

#1 Middlebury College (21-2) 5, #11 North Carolina Wesleyan (18-2) 0
May 25, 2010 at Oberlin, Ohio

Singles competition

1. Andrew Peters (MID) vs. NIKUNEN, Kalle (NCWCM) 6-3, 1-2, unfinished

2. Andrew Lee (MID) vs. RUMYANTSEV, Alexey (NCWCM) 7-6 (7-4), unfinished

3. Conrad Olson (MID) vs. LEMONGO, Fred (NCWCM) 6-4, 4-1, unfinished

4. Andrew Thomson (MID) vs. PROSTAK, Artsiom (NCWCM) 6-4, 5-0, unfinished

5. Eliot Jia (MID) def. SONN, Clayton (NCWCM) 6-0, 6-0

6. Peter Odell (MID) def. PRATA, Marcelo (NCWCM) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Andrew Lee/Andrew Thomson (MID) def. FILONOV, Anton/PARDO GARCIA, Ramon (NCWCM) 8-3

2. Conrad Olson/Eloit Jia (MID) def. PROSTAK, Artsiom/PRATA, Marcelo (NCWCM) 8-3

3. Chris Mason/Andrew Peters (MID) def. RUMYANTSEV, Alexey/SONN, Clayton (NCWCM) 8-5