Men’s Tennis Begins Spring Schedule With Pair of 8-1 Home Wins

March 8, 2014

The 10th-ranked Panther men’s tennis team played its first two spring matches of the season picking up a pair of 8-1 home victories against Colby and Brandeis in the Duke Nelson Recreation Center. Middlebury returns to action during its spring break trip with two matches on March 23rd in Atlanta.

In the match against Colby, the nation’s top-ranked doubles tandem of Brantner Jones and Palmer Campbell started things off notching the team’s first point with a victory (8-1). The No. 3 flight of Courtney Mountifield and Jackson Frons won (8-2) before the Mules tallied their lone point at No. 1 doubles.

In singles, Campbell, the 18th-ranked player in the nation, won at No. 1 due to a retirement. Teddy Fitzgibbons picked up a win at No. 3 (6-1, 6-2), while Andrew Lebovitz grabbed the team’s fifth point at No. 5 (6-1, 6-2). The squad’s final three points came from Chris Frost (6-0, 6-1) at No. 6, Mountifield in three sets (7-6, 0-6, 11-9) at No. 2 and Zach Bruchmiller at No. 4 (6-7 (3), 6-4, 10-4).

Later in the day against Brandeis, the team of Alex Johnston and Lebovitz won by an 8-2 score in the top flight. The Judges grabbed their lone point at No. 3, but Jones and Campbell gave the Panthers a 2-1 edge headed to singles play with an 8-4 win at No. 2.

Johnston was victorious at No. 1 (7-5, 6-1) while Ari Smolyar won his match for Middlebury at No. 3 (6-0, 6-3). Frons cruised in the fourth spot (6-0, 6-4), while Jones won a second-set tiebreaker (6-4, 7-6 (2)) at No. 2. The Panthers’ final two points for the day came in straight sets from Allen Jackson (6-3, 6-1) at No. 5 and Peter Heidrich (6-1, 6-2) in the sixth spot.