Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Middlebury advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the 13th time in 17 years after a 5-2 win over Wesleyan (16-5) in a quarterfinal contest at the Stowe Family Tennis Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Panthers (17-6) will face Emory in the semifinals on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the NCAA Championship match.
Wesleyan earned the first point of the match when Princeton Carter and Jonathan Holtzman picked up an 8-2 win over Noah Farrell and Alex Vanezis at #2 doubles. The lead increased to 2-0 when Noah Lilienthal and Adrian Roji were 8-6 victors over Lubomir Cuba and Peter Martin in the top slot. Middlebury got on the board at #3 when Nate Eazor and Andre Xiao picked up an 8-4 win over Andrew Finkelman and Marcus Sweeney, leaving the Cardinals with a 2-1 lead.
The Panthers quickly overcame their doubles deficit when Eazor eased past Carter 6-0, 6-2 at #5 singles. Middlebury moved into the lead at the conclusion of #2 singles when Farrell downed Anker, 6-4, 6-0. Cuba earned a 6-4, 6-2 win at #1 over Finkelman, before Xiao clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Lilienthal at #3.
Adam Guo and Roji had split sets at #4 (2-6-w, 7-5-m), while Stanley Morris took the first set 6-3 at #6 and was trailing 6-5 in the second to Zach Leib.
This was the third meeting this season between the teams, with each squad claiming a victory. The Cardinals defeated Middlebury 6-3 in Vermont on April 6, but the Panthers edged Wesleyan 5-3 in the NESCAC Semifinals.