Courtesy Williams Sports Information
WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS – The Middlebury Panthers hoisted their first-ever NESCAC Men’s Tennis Championship trophy this afternoon on the courts of Williams College, owners of the title for the last eleven years. Brian Waldron (No. 2 singles), George Mayer (No. 4 singles), and the doubles pair of Nathan Edmunds and Waldron (No. 3 doubles) all captured their respective titles for the Panthers.
Middlebury made its four-point lead going into the championship day hold up, beating runner-up Williams by three points, 29-26. Tufts edged out Bowdoin by a half of a point for third place. Williams boasts NESCAC champions at No. 3 singles (Jeff Kivitz), No. 5 singles (Scott Mackenzie), No. 6 singles (Lex Urban), and No. 2 doubles (John Haywood and Urban).
Ironically enough, the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles champions were from neither Middlebury nor Williams. In the top singles championship, Bates’ Will Boe-Wiegaard came back after dropping the first set 3-6, to win a three-setter against Middlebury’s Edmund (3-6, 6-1, 6-1). In the top doubles action, Amherst’s Danny Babkes and Josh Rilla won an intense match over Tufts’ Jon Bram and Rifat Perahya, 9-7.
Singles - Final: Will Boe-Wiegaard (Bates) def Nathan
Edmunds (Middlebury) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
#2 Singles - Final: Brian Waldron (Middlebury) def Daniel Murray (Williams) 6-3, 6-3
#3 Singles - Final: Jeff Kivitz (Williams) def Ari Beilin (Middlebury) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
#4 Singles - Final: George Mayer (Middlebury) def Thomas Jencks (Bowdoin) 6-1, 7-5
#5 Singles - Final: Scott Mackenzie (Williams) def Justin Ingoglia (Middlebury) 6-1, 6-2
#6 Singles - Final: Lex Urban (Williams) def Alex Scott (Middlebury) 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (5)
#1 Doubles - Final: Babkes/Rilla (Amherst) def Bram/Perahya (Tufts) 9-7
#2 Doubles - Final: Haywood/Urban (Williams) def Beilin/Scott (Middlebury) 8-6
#3 Doubles - Final: Edmonds/Waldron (Middlebury) def Kivitz/Mackenzie (Williams) 8-4