Johnston and Lebovitz Bow Out In NCAA Doubles Quarterfinal

May 23, 2014

Middlebury men’s tennis players Alex Johnston and Andrew Lebovitz were bested in their quarterfinal match on Friday of the NCAA Doubles Tournament. Matches took place at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California and were hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

In the match, Johnston and Lebovitz matched up with Case Western Reserve’s Christopher Krimbill and Eric Klawitter, the #4 seed in the draw. With the first set tied at 2-2, Krimbill and Klawitter rattled off four of the next five games for a 6-3 victory.

The second set went back-and-forth, as neither tandem gained more than a two-game advantage. Johnston and Lebovitz led by a 6-5 score, but the Spartan pair won the 12th game of the set and tied it at 6-6. In the tiebreaker, Krimbill and Klawitter moved out to a 5-3 advantage in the race to seven and win by two. However, Johnston and Lebovitz scored the next two points and tied it at 5-5. The teams exchanged the ensuing two points for a 6-6 tie, but the Case Western Reserve duo tallied the next points to win the match.

In doubles play this season, Johnston and Lebovitz were ranked third in the ITA Northeast region, posting an overall record of 25-14.