Men’s Tennis Opens Season with Strong Performances on Day 1 at Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Tufts University men's tennis team showed its potential during first-day action at the Middlebury Invitational Saturday, as four Jumbos have advanced to the semifinal round on the singles side and one pair has made it to the semifinals in doubles action. 

Ethan Chen won a pair of single matches to open the season Saturday

Sophomore Ethan Chen will compete in the semifinals of the "B" singles flight tomorrow at 9 a.m. against Timo van der Geest of Middlebury, as Chen defeated Will Frigerio of Trinity (6-4, 6-1) in the first round. The Weston, Massachusetts, native then defeated Allen Jackson of Middlebury, 3-6 , 7-6 (8) and 10-2, in the quarterfinal round. 

Freshman Zach Shaff defeated Edan Sossen of Trinity (6-1, 6-0) in the first round of the "C" singles flight, and then outlasted second-seeded Peter Martin of Middlebury (4-6, 6-2, 10-6) in the quarterfinals. Shaff will compete in the semifinals Sunday against third-seeded Weston Brach of Middlebury. 

Freshman William Gold did not waste any time announcing his arrival to collegiate tennis, as he defeated Philip Winser of Trinity (6-1, 6-3) in the first round, and then he overpowered Nils Akesson of Skidmore (6-0, 6-2) in the quarterfinals. He will compete against top-seeded David Aizenberg of Brandeis in the semifinals Sunday. 

Freshman Jason Scanlon competed strong in his first day of collegiate competition, as he won his first-round match against Alexander Fallone of Trinity (6-4, 6-1), and then defeated Jordan Brodie of Brandeis, 7-6 (5), 2-6 and 10-7, in the quarterfinals. He will compete against Zach Cihlar of Brandeis tomorrow in the semifinals, with the winner advancing to the finals.

Freshman Benjamin Biswas and junior Danny Coran made their presence felt in the "B" doubles flight, as they defeated Jeff Cherkin and Mitchell Ostrovsky of Brandeis, 8-5, in the first round. The dynamic duo then defeated Gabe Osio and Alex Lee of RPI, 8-3, in the quarterfinals. Biswas and Coran will take on top-seeded van der Geest and Jackson of Middlebury in the semifinals, with a trip to the finals at stake. 

Junior Zain Ali competed strongly for the Jumbos, as he defeated Pat Ordway of Bates (0-6, 6-4, 12-10) in the first round of the "A" singles flight, and then fell to third-seeded Lubomir Cuba of Middlebury (6-0, 6-1) in the quarterfinals. Sophomore Ross Kamin defeated Chris Caskin of Trinity (6-3, 6-2) in the first round of the "C" singles flight, but then fell to top-seeded Ostrovsky of Brandeis (6-3, 6-1) in the quarterfinals. 

Biswas also competed in the singles competition, as he was the second seed in the "D" singles flight, and defeated Jason Keye of Skidmore (7-5, 6-1) in the first round, before falling to Cihlar of Brandeis (2-6, 7-6 (4), 10-5) in the quarterfinals.  

The Jumbos will compete in second-day action at the Middlebury Invitational tomorrow in Middlebury, Vermont, and then the squad will begin to prepare for the ITA Regional Tournament, which will be held from Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.