Eleventh-Ranked Middlebury College Eliminates Tufts in NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship, 5-1

Mark Westerfield was part of Tufts' lone victory at #2 doubles

AMHERST - Taking two of three doubles matches to start the morning, third-seeded Middlebury cruised to a 5-1 victory over sixth-seeded Tufts in the opening round of the 2013 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship hosted by Amherst College Friday.

Senior Spencer Lunghino and freshman Palmer Campbell got things started by shutting out Tufts' Andrew Lutz (Baltimore, MD) and Austin Blau (Roslyn, NY), 8-0, in third doubles. Juniors Alex Johnston and Andrew Lebovitz then put Middlebury up two with an 8-3 victory over Ben Barad (San Rafael, CA) and Rob Jacobson (Winnetka, IL) on the first doubles court. Nick Telkedzhiev (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) and Mark Westerfield (Menlo Park, CA) notched Tufts' first win with an 8-5 decision over Brantner Jones and James Burke in the #2 match.

Jones kept the Panthers rolling with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Barad at second singles before Jackson Frons put Tufts on the brink with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Jacobson in the fifth slot. Not long after, Courtney Mountifield closed out the match by taking down Tan, 6-2, 6-2 at the bottom of the order.

Middlebury (18-3) advances to face second-seeded Williams in tomorrow's semifinal slated for 9 am. Tufts, which showed up in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll at #27 on Thursday, finishes its season with a 10-8 record.

Match results

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Match recap courtesy of Amherst College