No. 31 Men’s Tennis Falls to No. 6 Middlebury, 5-0, in NCAA Tournament Regional Final

No. 31 Men’s Tennis Falls to No. 6 Middlebury, 5-0, in NCAA Tournament Regional Final

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 6 Middlebury College 5, No. 31 MIT 0

- Records: No. 31 MIT (14-6); No. 6 Middlebury (18-6)

- Location: Middlebury, Vt. (Proctor Tennis Courts)

- The Lead: The nationally-ranked No. 31 MIT men's tennis team saw its season come to an end when it fell to host No. 6 Middlebury College, 5-0, in the regional final of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Trailing 6-0 in the No. 3 doubles spot, sophomores Michael Zhao (Princeton Junction, N.J.) and Pablo Ampudia (San Antonio, Texas) traded the final the final four games with Andre Xiao and Nate Eazor, resulting in an 8-2 final score. At the No. 2 position, Noah Farrell and Alex Vanezis jumped out to a 6-1 lead before going on to defeat senior Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and junior Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.), 8-3. Seniors Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) won the first game of their match with Lubomir Cuba and Peter Martin at the top spot and maintained a one-game advantage throughout their match, as late as 6-5. However, Cuba and Martin claimed the next three games to capture the come-from-behind victory.

- Middlebury took a 4-0 lead after Adam Guo defeated Go, 6-0, 6-4, in the No. 4 singles slot. The Panthers then clinched the match courtesy of Cuba's 6-2, 6-2 win over Barr at the No. 1 position.

- When the match was halted, Farrell led Cauneac, 6-4, 5-4, in the No. 2 spot, Xiao was up, 6-3, 5-3 against Ko in the next slot, and Eazor had a 6-3, 2-0 advantage over Zhao in the No. 5 position. Junior Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) won his first set against Stanley Morris, 7-6 (7-5), but was trailing 3-0 in the second frame.

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