MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The No. 4 Middlebury College men's tennis team was clicking on all cylinders Sunday, as it defeated No. 19 Tufts University, 7-2, during NESCAC Conference action in Middlebury, Vermont.
|Zain Ali was victorious during the No. 1 doubles flight on Sunday.|
The Panthers (13-1, 3-0 in NESCAC) went 5-1 in singles action and 2-1 on the doubles side. The hosts were led by two-win performances by junior Kyle Schlanger, and seniors Hamid Derbani and Allen Jackson.
Schlanger clinched the match for the Panthers with a straight-set triumph, 6-3, 6-2, over freshman Zach Shaff during No. 4 singles.
Freshman Nathan Niemiec continues to rise to the occasion for the Jumbos (5-4, 2-2 in NESCAC), as he improved to 5-2 in singles-oriented matches during the 2017 season, outlasting junior Timo van der Geest in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, during No. 5 singles.
Ali battled during No. 2 singles for the Jumbos, but was ultimately defeated, 7-6 (10-8), 6-2, by de Quant. Cuba cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the top slot in singles action against Gupte.
Derbani opened up with a 6-4 first-set victory over junior Danny Coran during No. 3 singles, but Coran responded with a 7-6 (10-8) win during the must-win second set. Derbani emerged victorious with a 10-5 victory during the superbreaker.
Jackson competed in the No. 6 slot during singles action, outperforming senior captain Kevin Kelly, 6-0, 6-3. Derbani and Schlanger flexed their muscles during the No. 2 doubles flight with a narrow 9-8 (9-7) win over Shaff and senior captain Ben Battle.
The Jumbos will be back in action on Saturday against visiting Wesleyan (Conn.) at 9 a.m. in Medford, Massachusetts.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern