Men's Tennis Ends Break With Stiff Competition

March 30, 2012

The Middlebury men’s tennis team ended its spring break with a pair of hard-fought matches against a pair of the nation’s top teams. The #7 Panthers found themselves down 2-1 following doubles play against #12 Pomona. Sophomore duo Andrew Lebovitz and Brantner Jones put on an impressive display at number one doubles with an 8-3 victory helping the Panthers avoid a sweep.

Sophomore Teddy Fitzgibbons evened things up with a dominating 6-0, 6-2 win at five singles, while Zach Bruchmiller kept things going with a 6-1, 7-5 win at six singles. Pomona-Pitzer moved ahead 4-3 after picking up wins at one and two singles, leaving the match up to junior Spencer Lunghino and sophomore Brantner Jones. Taking advantage of his huge serve and explosive forehand, Lunghino squared the match yet again with a three set victory at four singles, leaving the match to be decided by Jones. Jones dropped the first set before storming back, taking the second set 7-5 and then routing junior Max Sabel of Pitzer College 6-0 in the third set.

The Panthers ended their break with a tough 6-3 loss to #8 Claremont. The Panthers trailed 2-1 after doubles play and saw Jones earn a 6-1, 6-1 win at #3 and Lunghino pick up a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) victory at #4.