Four Men's Tennis Players Receive All-American Laurels
June 13, 2014
Fresh off a highly-competitive season on the hardcourt, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its list of Division III All-Americans. Included on that list are Middlebury men’s tennis seniors Alex Johnston (Leeds, England), Andrew Lebovitz (Weston, Mass.) and Brantner Jones (Winnetka, Ill.) along with sophomore Palmer Campbell (Nashville, Tenn.). Johnston was honored as both a singles player as well as his work with Lebovitz in doubles, while the tandem of Campbell and Jones were also recognized for their efforts in doubles.
The four Middlebury players selected as an All-American are tied for the highest total along with a quartet from both Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Trinity (Texas).
Now a two-time All-American, Johnston finishes his career ranked #13 nationally and #4 in the ITA’s Northeast region. Playing against the opponent’s top competition, Johnston posted a record of 19-14. He participated in the NCAA Singles Tournament last month, falling in the round of 32.
Johnston teamed up with Lebovitz at #1 doubles for Middlebury this season. The duo concluded the year with a record of 25-14, advancing to the NCAA Doubles Tournament quarterfinal before falling to the eventual national champions. The pairing ended the campaign ranked #7 in the nation and #3 regionally.
Playing in the #2 doubles slot, Campbell and Jones tallied a successful 24-9 record, including 4-1 during Middlebury’s five NCAA Tournament matches. Jones and Campbell captured the USTA/ITA Small College National Tennis Doubles Championship last fall in Fort Myers, Florida. The pair ended the season ranked #21 nationally, the highest of any #2 team, as well as fifth regionally. The honor marks the second All-American award in doubles for Jones, while it is the first for Campbell.
As a team, Middlebury went 21-5, including rattling off an 11-match winning streak, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament semifinals following its regional title at home on Proctor Courts. The Panthers grabbed the #4 final national ranking, and #2 slot in the region.