Men's Tennis Falls to Middlebury in NESCAC Title Match

Grant Urken accounted for Bowdoin's lone win in Sunday's NESCAC title match
Grant Urken accounted for Bowdoin's lone win in Sunday's NESCAC title match

PORTLAND, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's tennis team came up just short in its chase for the NESCAC Championship on Sunday, falling 5-1 to Middlebury in the conference title match at Portland Racquet & Fitness Center.

The Panthers (16-2) automatically qualify to play in the NCAA Division III Championship tournament with the victory. Bowdoin (15-3) will undoubtedly receive an at-large bid when selections are announced on Monday.

Match Highlights

  • Middlebury swept doubles play to take a 3-0 lead. Palmer Campbell and Hamid Derbani defeated Luke Trinka and Luke Tercek 8-5 at first doubles, Ari Smolyar and Noah Farrell topped Kyle Wolfe and Jerry Jiang 8-3 at second doubles 
  • William de Quant and Kyle Schlanger teamed up for an 8-5 victory over Gil Roddy and Chase Savage at third doubles to give the Panthers a commanding 3-0 advantage heading into singles play
  • Facing an uphill battle, Bowdoin saw Farrell closed out Tercek 6-3, 6-2 at first singles to make it a 4-0 deficit
  • Bowdoin took a point soon after with Grant Urken's 6-3, 7-5 victory over Schlanger at sixth singles
  • Shortly after that, however, Derbani clinched the conference crown with a 7-5, 6-4 decision over Roddy at fifth singles, leaving second, third and fourth singles unfinished.
  • Bowdoin was leading by a set in two of the three remaining matches and was about to take the second set in the third when the clinching point was scored.

Up Next

  • The NCAA Tournament field will be announced at noon on Monday. Complete information will be on the NCAA and Bowdoin website at that time