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.
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
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)