MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The No. 18 Tufts men's tennis team won all three doubles matches, but ultimately suffered a 6-3 loss against No. 8 Middlebury College on Saturday afternoon at the Proctor Tennis Courts.
|Carl-Herman Grant was part of an 8-6 win in #1 doubles|
Following the win, Middlebury improves to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in NESCAC action. With the loss, Tufts falls to 5-7 overall and they are now 1-4 in conference play.
The Jumbos began the day with three doubles victories to get ahead 3-0 over Middlebury. Tufts sophomores Carl-Herman Grant and Boris Sorkin paired up together and won back-and-forth number one doubles action 8-6 against Middlebury senior Lubomir Cuba and sophomore Nate Eazor. The Jumbos' second doubles unit of freshman Paris Pentousis with junior Jason Scanlon also won a down to the wire match 8-6 against senior Noah Farrell and Peter Martin. Tufts sophomore Niko Hereford and junior co-captain Ethan Bershtein completed the doubles sweep in number three action with an 8-3 win over junior Aleksandr Samets and sophomore Andre Xiao.
Grant and Sorkin each pushed their opponents to three sets in their singles matches, but the Panthers avoided the Jumbos' upset by winning all six singles matches. Sorkin won the first set 6-3 over Cuba in number one singles, but dropped the final two sets 6-1, 6-3. After losing a close first set 7-5 to freshman Stanley Morris in number four action, Herman-Grant recorded a 6-3 win in the second set, but fell 6-4 in the final set.
Tufts freshman Isaac Gorelik played two competitive sets in number three singles against Xiao, but Xiao came out on top 7-6 (4), 7-5. Jumbo sophomore Owen Bartok fell 6-2, 6-4 to Panther sophomore Adam Guo in number five singles. Tufts freshman Jack Moldenhauer was able to win five games in two sets, but lost 6-4, 6-1 to Eazor. Pentousis kept the first set close losing 6-3, but dropped the second set 6-0.
The Jumbos will return to action next Saturday at 10 am when they host Connecticut College and then MIT at 3:30 pm in a double-header. Middlebury returns to the court tomorrow at 12 pm against Williams.
Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello