Panthers Knock Off Polar Bears in NESCAC Semifinals

Panthers Knock Off Polar Bears in NESCAC Semifinals

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Middlebury College men's tennis team defeated Bowdoin 5-1 in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament on Saturday. The Polar Bears (11-6), who entered the tourney as the fourth seed, will hope to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when pairings are announced early next week.

In a rematch of last year's conference tournament, Middlebury took a 2-1 advantage into singles play with two doubles wins at the second and third positions. Bowdoin’s Oscar Pena and Jamie Neely managed to take a win at court one with an 8-5 defeat of Middlebury’s Farah and Thompson.

The middle of the lineup earned two quick victories for Middlebury. Andrew Lee and Andrew Peters took straight set decisions at courts three and four, with Lee winning over Tyler Anderson by a 6-1, 6-4 result and Peters taking his match over Alex Caughron by a 6-1, 6-1 score. Andrew Thompson picked up the fifth point after a 7-5, 6-1 defeat over Pena.

Middlebury 5, Bowdoin 1
Doubles:

1) BOW - Pena/Neely d. Farah/Thompson, 8-5
2) MID - Bonfiglio/Lee d. Sullivan/Caughron, 8-2
3) MID - Olson/Peters d. White/Anderson, 8-3

Singles:
1) DNF -Conrad Olson (M) led Stephen Sullivan, 7-5, 1-1
2) MID - Andrew Thompson d. Oscar Pena, 7-5, 6-1
3) MID - Andrew Lee d. Alex Caughron, 6-1, 6-4
4) MID - Andrew Peters d. Alex White, 6-1, 6-1
5) DNF - Jamie Neely (B) led Peter Odell, 6-2, 4-6
6) DNF - Josh Cranin (B) led Derrick Angle, 6-0, 4-3