#8 Men’s Tennis Notches Victories Against #12 Bowdoin, RPI

April 19, 2014

The eighth-ranked Middlebury men’s tennis team went 2-0 during a pair of matches played Saturday at Proctor Courts. The Panthers opened the day with a 7-2 NESCAC win over #12 Bowdoin (9-6, 4-2 NESCAC) in a morning match. Middlebury took on RPI (10-4) in the afternoon, cruising to a 6-3 win. The Panthers (14-2, 5-0 NESCAC), winners of seven-straight matches, return to action with a 4:00 p.m. home match Tuesday against Skidmore.

Middlebury took two of three doubles matches to grab an early lead against Bowdoin. At #2, the nation’s top-ranked duo of Brantner Jones and Palmer Campbell grabbed an 8-3 victory over Noah Bragg and Kyle Wolstencroft. The Polar Bears secured their point at #1 as Sam King and Luke Trinka defeated Middlebury’s Alex Johnston and Andrew Lebovitz, 8-5. The hosts secured a 2-1 advantage headed to singles with a thrilling 9-8 (8-6) win from Peter Heidrich and Ari Smolyar over Bowdoin’s Chris Lord and Chase Savage.

In singles, the Panthers were victorious in five of six singles matches. The Polar Bears earned their only singles win at #2, where Trinka, ranked sixth in the nation, defeated 18th-ranked Campbell 6-3, 6-2. In the top flight, Johnston needed three sets to get by Bragg by scores of 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.

Jones defeated King at #3 (6-3, 6-2), while Smolyar defeated Lord 7-5, 6-0 in the fourth spot. Courtney Mountifield picked up the win at #5 over Wolstencroft by scores of 4-6, 6-3 and 10-6 in the tiebreaker, while Jackson Frons blanked Savage at #6 (6-0, 6-0).

Against RPI, the Panthers once again took a 2-1 lead into singles. Johnston and Lebovitz won 8-4 over Jarrett Regier and Brandon Mazzara at #1, while Chris Frost and James Burke defeated RPI’s Graham Harris and Sherman Uyeno at #3, 8-5. In an exciting match at #2, RPI grabbed its doubles point with a 9-8 (9-7) win from Matt LaBarre and McKinley Grimes over Jones and Campbell.

During singles action, Johnston fell to LaBerge at #1 in a tightly-contested match (6-2, 5-7, 10-7). Campbell cruised at #2 over Regier (6-4, 6-1), while Jones defeated Mazzara 6-2, 6-2. The visitors picked up a 6-3, 6-4 win in the fourth slot from Grimes over Zach Bruchmiller. However, Teddy Fitzgibbons won for the Panthers at #5 over Uyeno (6-0, 6-2) and Lebovitz defeated Anthony Kim 6-3, 6-0 at #6.