Men's Tennis Eliminated In NCAA Quarterfinals

May 20, 2013

The Middlebury men’s tennis team dropped a 5-2  match to top-ranked Claremont (29-3) in an NCAA Quarterfinal contest in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The 11th-ranked Panthers end their season with a record of 20-5, while the Stags advanced to the semifinals with a 29-3 mark.

Middlebury narrowly edged Claremont 2-1 in doubles play with a tight match at #3. Teddy Fitzgibbons and Branter Jones started things off with an 8-1 win over Skyler Butts and Neel Kotrappa. Alex Johnston and Andrew Lebovitz followed in the top spot with an 8-4 victory over Zhenya Pereverzin and Joe Dorn. The third match went to a tie-breaker, as Palmer Campbell and Spencer Lunghino outlasted Alex Lane and Nikolas Marino, 9-8 (8-6).

Claremont tied the match at 2-2 when Butt took a 6-1, 6-3 win over Lunghino at #4 singles. Alex Johnson gave the Stags their first lead of the day when he earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jackson Frons at #5 singles. Claremont came within one of taking the match when Marino defeated Jones, 6-2, 6-4 in the #2 slot. The match concluded as Lane topped Campbell 6-4, 6-4 at #3 singles.

Dorn led Johnston 7-6 (7-4), 4-3 at #1, while Kotrappa was up 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 over Courtney Mountifield at #6 singles.

Johnston will compete in the NCAA singles championship beginning on Thursday, while he and Lebovitz will also vie for the doubles crown.

Singles competition
1. Joe Dorn (CMSM) vs. Alex Johnston (MIDDMT) 7-6 (7-4), 4-3, unfinished
2. Nikolas Marino (CMSM) def. Brantner Jones (MIDDMT) 6-2, 6-4
3. Alex Lane (CMSM) def. Palmer Campbell (MIDDMT) 6-4, 6-3
4. Skyler Butts (CMSM) def. Spencer Lunghino (MIDDMT) 6-1, 6-3
5. Alex Johnson (CMSM) def. Jackson Frons (MIDDMT) 6-3, 6-4
6. Neel Kotrappa (CMSM) vs. Courtney Mountifield (MIDDMT) 7-6 (8-6), 1-0, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Alex Johnston/Andrew Lebovitz (MIDDMT) def. Zhenya Pereverzin/Joe Dorn (CMSM) 8-4
2. Skyler Butts/Neel Kotrappa (CMSM) def. Teddy Fitzgibbons/Brantner Jones (MIDDMT) 8-1
3. Palmer Campbell/Spencer Lunghino (MIDDMT) def. Alex Lane/Nikolas Marino (CMSM) 9-8 (8-6) 

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,5,2,3)