Men's Tennis Ends Runs In NCAA Regional Final

May 13, 2012

The Middlebury men’s tennis team saw its season come to a close with a 5-2 loss at the hands of Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Regional Finals on Sunday. The Panthers end their 2012 campaign with a 14-7 record.

Middlebury took an early 1-0 lead in the match as Brantner Jones and Spencer Lunghino defeated Jacob Barnaby and Warren Elgort, 8-4, at first doubles. Hopkins answered at three, when Tanner Brown and Erik Lim posted an 8-3 win over Teddy Fitzgibbons and William Oberrender. Derrick Angle and Andrew Lebovitz then closed out doubles in a thriller, winning 9-7 at second over Andy Hersh and Jeff Kamei, to give Middlebury a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.

Brown quickly tied the match for the Blue Jays with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Alec Parower at second singles. Jensen Reiter then put Hopkins on top, 3-2, when he beat Lunghino, 6-2, 6-3 at fourth. Lim pushed Hopkins one win closer to victory with his win at sixth. He won the first set 6-3 and was ahead 5-0 in the second before Eric Vehovec battled back to force a tiebreaker. Lim would win the breaker, 7-0, to take the match and give Hopkins a 4-2 lead. Ben Hwang then clinched the win and the NCAA Quarterfinal berth with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Angle at third.

Singles competition

1. Andy Hersh (JHUM) vs. Brantner Jones (MID) 7-5, 2-2, unfinished

2. Tanner Brown (JHUM) def. Alec Parower (MID) 6-0, 6-2

3. Ben Hwang (JHUM) def. Derrick Angle (MID) 6-4, 6-4

4. Jensen Reiter (JHUM) def. Spencer Lunghino (MID) 6-2, 6-3

5. Warren Elgort (JHUM) vs. Edward Fitzgibbons (MID) 3-6, 6-4, 1-1, unfinished

6. Erik Lim (JHUM) def. Eric Vehovec (MID) 6-3, 7-6 (7-0)


Doubles competition

1. Brantner Jones/Spencer Lunghino (MID) def. Jacob Barnaby/Warren Elgort (JHUM) 8-4

2. Derrick Angle/Andrew Lebovitz (MID) def. Andy Hersh/Jeff Kamei (JHUM) 9-7

3. Tanner Brown/Erik Lim (JHUM) def. Edward Fitzgibbons/William Oberrender (MID) 8-3