Middlebury takes down Johns Hopkins 5-1 to advance to quarterfinals
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury won an NCAA regional on Proctor Courts, topping Johns Hopkins 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers (20-4) advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals on May 20th at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Blue Jays ended their season with a record of 20-3.
Middlebury took a commanding 3-0 lead after doubles play, needing just two singles victories to clinch the match. Brantner Jones and Teddy Fitzgibbons earned an 8-3 win against Nicholas Garcia and Noah Joachim at No. 2 to start the day, while Spencer Lunghino and Palmer Campbell were the 8-6 winners at No. 3 against Andy Hersh and Jeff Kamei. The lead grew to 3-0 when Alex Johnston and Andrew Lebovitz topped Tanner Brown and Erik Lim 8-6 in the No. 1 slot.
Johns Hopkins earned a point at No. 3 singles, when Ben Hwang earned a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Campbell. Middlebury increased its lead to 4-1 when Courtney Mountifield was a 6-4, 6-2 victor against Sam Weissler. Jones clinched the victory at No. 2 singles, topping Hersh 6-3, 6-3.