Men's Tennis Splits A Pair Of Matches
April 20, 2013
The Middlebury men’s tennis team played a pair of home matches on Saturday. The Panthers opened the day with a 6-2 win over Stevens (9-7) in a morning match. Ninth-ranked Middlebury took on NESCAC foe Williams (13-3, 5-1) in the afternoon, falling 7-2 to the fifth-ranked Ephs. Middlebury now stands at 15-2 on the season, 4-1 in NESCAC play.
Middlebury took two of three doubles matches to grab an early lead against Stevens, as the team rested several of its top players for the second match of the day. The Panthers were victorious in four of five singles matches, with the #6 singles contest unfinished. Singles play was tight, with three matches going to a third set. The Ducks earned their only singles win at #1, where Matthew Heinrich defeated Spencer Lunghino 2-6, 6-4, 4-4 before Lunghino was forced to retire. Rookie Jackson Frons earned a strong 6-0, 6-4 win at #2 for the Panthers over Chris Rosensteel, while Alec Parower edged Shota Tasaski 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-3.
Middlebury fell behind 3-0 early against Williams, dropping three tight doubles contest. Alex Johnston was a 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (7) winner at #1 over Trey Meyer, while Brantner Jones picked up a 6-4, 6-4 over Felix Sun in the #2 slot. The Ephs won singles matches 3-6 in straight sets.