Middlebury wins regional title
Panthers sweep doubles before easing by Polar Bears in singles
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Despite rain forcing Sunday's matches inside, Middlebury advanced to the NCAA quarterfinal round for the ninth consecutive season with a 5-2 win against Bowdoin in the regional final. The Panthers (18-3) will continue to defend their national title at championship week with a quarterfinal match on Tuesday, May 24 in Claremont, Calif.
Middlebury took the No. 3 doubles match 8-4 and picked up an 8-6 win at the No. 2 slot to quickly lead 2-0.
The No. 1 doubles match between Middlebury’s Andy Peters and Brantner Jones against Bowdoin’s Stephen Sullivan and Oscar Pena was a long one. Bowdoin was up a break and serving for the match at 7-6, but the Panthers broke to tie it at 7-7. Middlebury then held service and once again broke the Polar Bears to pick up the 9-7 win and the point.
Bowdoin (13-7) jumped right back into the match with a pair of singles wins. Sam King earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Zach Bruchmiller at the No. 2 position, before Chris Lord fought off cramping and came from a set down to defeat Alec Parower 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3.
Shortly after Lord’s victory, Peters gave the Panthers a two-point lead, coming from a set down to pick up a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win against Sullivan in the No. 1 singles slot. Derrick Angle sealed the victory for Middlebury at No. 4 singles, topping Oscar Pena, 6-3, 6-2.