Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Middlebury men's tennis team saw its season come to an end in the NCAA Semifinals, as it was edged by third-ranked Emory (21-2), 5-3. The Panthers end their season with a 19-7 mark after making their 13th final four appearance. The match took place at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Emory went up 1-0 when Hayden Cassone and Antonio Mora led 4-2, before earning an 8-3 win at #3 doubles over Nate Eazor and Andre Xiao. The Panthers answered when Noah Farrell and Alex Vanezis led 4-2 and pulled away for an 8-3 victory in the second slot over James Spaulding and Will Wanner. The Eagles earned the third point at #1 when Adrien Bouchet and Jonathan Jemison outlasted Lubomir Cuba and Peter Martin by an 8-6 score.
In singles play, Cuba led 3-0 and won the first set 6-4, before earning a 6-2 win in the second set over Jemison. With the match even at 2-2, Emory went back on top when Spaulding earned a 6-0, 7-5 victory at #6 over Stanley Morris. The Eagles were one point away from winning the match (4-2) after Andrew Esses downed Eazor 6-4, 6-1 in the fifth spot, but Farrell made it a 4-3 match when he picked up a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win over Cassone at #2. The third singles match proved to be the clincher for Emory, as Bouchet edged Xiao, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. The final match at #4 singles went unfinished, as Adam Guo took the first set 6-3, Mora won the second 6-3, before the pair were tied at 2-2 in the third.
Middlebury was 5-6 all-time against Emory prior to Tuesday's match. The Eagles had beaten the Panthers in NCAA play during the 2007 and 2011 quarterfinals, the 2003 and 2008 semifinals and the 2006 title match. The Panthers earned an NCAA win a year ago by a 5-3 score in the NCAA Semifinals. The two teams met back on April 7th in Middlebury, a 6-3 Emory win.