Men's Tennis Headed To NCAA Quarters

May 17, 2013

The Middlebury College men’s tennis team is making its 12th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and 10th trip to the quarterfinal round. The Panthers will meet Claremont in a quarterfinal match on Monday, May 20th. Matches are taking place at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Middlebury enters the weekend with an 20-4 overall record. The Panthers won the ’04 NCAA title, earning its second national crown in ’10 with a 5-1 win over Amherst in the title match. Middlebury has advanced to the final four in seven of the past 10 seasons, earning its first NCAA Tournament bid in ’01-’02. The Panthers boast a 32-11 record in NCAA Tournament play and are ranked 11th in the latest ITA National poll.

Last weekend, Middlebury hosted and won an NCAA Regional. The Panthers topped Drew 5-0 on Saturday, before a 5-1 Regional Final win over Johns Hopkins.

First-team All-NESCAC selection Alex Johnston (Leeds, England) has been Middlebury’s #1 singles player this season. The junior, along with classmate Andrew Lebovitz (Weston, Mass.) serve as the team’s top doubles duo, also earning first-team All-NESCAC honors. Junior Brantner Jones (Winnetka, Ill.) plays at #2, followed by first-year player Palmer Campbell (Nashville, Tenn.) at #3 and senior Spencer Lunghino (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) in the #4 spot. Playing five singles is first-year player Jackson Frons (Encino, Calif.), while sophomore Courtney Mountifield (Bedford, N.H.) holds down the sixth slot. Jones and junior Teddy Fitzgibbons (Mission Hills, Kan.) will play #2 doubles, while Campbell/Lunghino will play at #3.

Following the team championships, Johnston will compete in the NCAA singles championship from May 22-24. He and Lebovitz will also vie for the doubles crown.

Middlebury head coach Bob Hansen is now in his second season at the helm of the men’s tennis program. He came to Middlebury from the University of California Santa Cruz, where he has served as the head men’s coach for the previous 30 years.

The creator of the UCSC tennis program, Hansen is regarded as one of the top coaches in the country. Hansen led the team to seven NCAA Championships (1989, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2009), appearing in the finals 13 of the last 24 years. Hansen’s players have won 10 NCAA doubles titles and five NCAA singles titles. Under coach Hansen’s direction, the UCSC tennis program produced 117 All-Americans.

2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship – Kalamazoo, Mich.
Quarterfinals, Monday, May 20th (all times eastern)
Middlebury (20-4) vs. Claremont (28-3) – 1:30 p.m.
Amherst (27-7) vs. Emory (11-5) – 1:30 p.m.
Kenyon (25-3) vs. Washington Univ. (19-5) – 4:00 p.m.
Trinity (TX) (20-9) vs. Williams (20-3) – 4:00 p.m.

Semifinals, Tuesday, May 21st
Claremont/Midd. winner vs. Amherst/Emory winner – 1:30 p.m.
Kenyon/Wash. Winner vs. Trinity/Williams winner – 4:00 p.m.

NCAA Championship, Wednesday, May 22nd
Third place match – 1:30 p.m.
NCAA Championship – 4:00 p.m.