Men's Tennis returns to the NCAA quarterfinals

KALAMAZOO TOURNAMENT SIDE

Middlebury College men's tennis collaboration will make its 16th NCAA quarter-final appearance over the past 17 years when it meets Wesleyan Monday, May 20. Fighting takes place at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The event is hosted by Kalamazoo College. The Pantherne make their 18th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament.

Sixth-ranked Middlebury goes on a weekend with an 18-6 overall record. The Pantherne have squared with 13 opponents who were placed in the top 25 this season. Middlebury started his 7-0 campaign before falling to Division I UC Irvine and Division II Azusa Pacific during his spring tour of California. After going 2-3 during their next five matches, the Pantheres sent a 4-1 record to close the regular season, where their lonely loss came in the final season of the fourth-ranked final, Amherst, 6-3.

While hosting the NESCAC Championship Tournament, Third-seeded Middlebury took a 5-3 victory over six-seeded Tufts in the opening round, followed by a 5-3 triumph against the second-seeded Wesleyan in the semi-finals. The Pantherne claimed their third NESCAC title in the last five years and ninth overall with a 5-1 victory over top-seeded and fourth-ranked Amherst.

In last weekend's NCAA region, the top seed Panthers received a goodbye in the second round, crossing the Goucher with a 5-0 score. On Saturday morning, Middlebury took a 5-0 victory in the regional final of MIT.

The Pantherne won the 2004 NCAA title over Williams 5-4, earned his second national crown in 2010 with a 5-1 victory over Amherst in the championship match. In the spring, Middlebury told his third national title with a 5-3 victory against Bowdoin. The Pantherne has advanced to the last four in 12 of the past 16 seasons, and ended as regular in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The program earned its first NCAA tournament bid in 2001-02 and boasts a 53-17 record in the NCAA Tournament Game.

Led by the two-hour NESCAC coach of the year, Bob Hansen, singles lineup has experienced team players who captured the 2018 NCAA title, and have played in each of the last three championship matches.

At the top of this lineup is senior Lubomir Cuba (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), 2017 NCAA Singles and 2017 and 2018 Doubles Champion and northeastern neighbour's person. He has a record of 15-7 overall game against the opponent's top player. The three-hour All-NESCAC First Team selection and 2017 NESCAC player of the year is 67-17 in its three seasons with the panther. He spoke two triumphs under the regional and is currently on a six-match winning strip.

The second slot in the Panthers lineup has been held down by senior Noah Farrell (Wilton, Conn.). The three-hour All-NESCAC selection has a 20-10 record. This year's 2015 NESCAC Rookie and 2016 NESCAC player ranks second in the team with 20 wins (20-10). 2016 USTA / ITA Small College Singles Champion and 2016 All-American joins the NCAA quarter-finals with a 93-36 career record in singles and ranked ninth in the ITA Northeastern Region.

Playing No. 3 is Sister Andre Xiao (Fremont, California). He has sent a 12-15 record this season. Xiao has accumulated a figure of 32-25 in its first two seasons.

Sophomore Adam Guo (Redmond, Wash.) Will play in the fourth flight that has a team-best 23 wins (23-10) this season and runs a four-match strike on the way in Michigan. He also played a 5-2 record during the spring NESCAC matches. Guo has played in all six spots in the Panther lineup this season and has accumulated a record of 31-14 as an individual over his career.

Sophomore Nate Eazor (Dallas, Texas) and rookie Stanley Morris (Santa Monica, California) along with junior Alex Vanezis (Frankfurt, Germany) have logged significant playing time in the number 5 and # 6 slots of the lineup for the panthers this season. Eazor is 13-7 overall this season, including 6-2 in No. 5 position. Morris has a 14-11 record while Vanezis is 8-2 and both Panthers have played all six positions in the lineup this spring.

In the doubles game, Cuba and senior Peter Martin (Orinda, California) recorded All-NESCAC Second-Team awards. The duo was paired together late in the season and combined into a 5-3 mark in two matches in the top position. ITA The Northeast Region's 15th-ranked tandem was a perfect 2-0 mark under the NCAA Regional.

Farrell and Vanezis have played the No.2 doubles in the final stages of the spring with a 4-0 record. The pair earned two points in the NESCAC tournament and two in the region.

The third flight has seen tandem by Eazor and Xiao play together during the latter half of spring. The duo has won four-matches, including two wins last weekend for important points.

Wesleyan joins Monday's match with a 16-4 record and ranked fifth nationally. Cardinals released a 5-0 victory in the regional semi-final over John Carroll, followed by a 5-2 triumph against 11th ranked Kenyon a day later to move on to Michigan.

Monday's national quarter final between Middlebury and Wesleyan marks the third meeting this season and 30th between the two programs. Cardinals defeated Middlebury 6-3 in Vermont on April 6, before Panther's angular Wesleyan 5-3 in the NESCAC Tournament semi-finals. The Cardinals have a 19-10 advantage in the all-time series.

The Panther men will also have two players competing in the NCAA Division III Singles Tournament that will take place on 24-26. May in the same complex. Cuba and Farrell will be two of 32 individuals struggling for single crown.

2019 NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament
Kalamazoo, Michigan – Stowe Stadium
Quarterfinals – Monday, May 20
No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (31-1) against No. 8 Bowdoin (18-4) – 2:00 pm
No. 2 Chicago (19-2) vs. No. 4 Amherst (18-4) – 2:00 pm
No. 6 Middlebury (16-6) vs. No. 5 Wesleyan (16-4) – 4:30 pm
No. 3 Emory (19-2) vs No. 7 Washington-St. Louis (Mo.) (19-7) – 4:30 pm

Semifinals – Tuesday May 21
Stowe Stadium
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps / Bowdoin wins vs Amherst / Chicago wins – 2:00 pm
Middlebury / Wesleyan winner vs Emory / Washington-St. Louis Winner – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, May 22
Stowe Stadium
Championship Match – 3:00 pm

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