Jones & Campbell Win Men's Tennis National Doubles Title
October 11, 2013
The Middlebury College men's tennis duo of Brantner Jones and Palmer Campbell have captured the USTA/ITA Small College National Tennis Doubles Championship. Matches took place at the Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Myers, Florida.
Jones and Campbell become the third Middlebury duo in the past six years to win the national doubles title. Filip Marinkovic and Andrew Thomson captured the crown in '07, while Thomson and Andrew Lee were victorious in '09.
In the finals, Jones and Campbell faced Andrew La Cava and James Rivers of Whitman, who were appearing in the championship for the second straight year. Middlebury struggled a bit early, unable to convert on 10 break point opportunities throughout the first set. The Panthers got a break late, as the set was tied at 6-6. The tiebreaker was knotted at 3-3 before the Panthers ran off five straight points to take the set.
A key point during the second set came when Middlebury led 3-1, with a game lasting 15 minutes with eight deuces. The Panthers eventually won the point, taking a 4-1 lead on their way to the 6-1 second set victory.
On Thursday, the pair opened play with a 6-3, 6-3 win over the fourth-seeded team from Wisconsin-Whitewater. Later that day, they advanced to the finals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over the top-seeded pair from N.C. Wesleyan.
The duo fell in the ITA Regional Finals on September 29th, but were able to take part in the national tournament after the winning team was unable to attend.
After winning the title, the pair picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win over the junior college champions. Middlebury then fell to the D2 Champions in the "Super Bowl" final, by scores of 6-2, 6-3 in the finals.