MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—Third-ranked Middlebury College (19-3) raced out to a 3-0 lead after doubles and used a pair of straight-set wins in singles to defeat visiting Babson College, 5-0, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship on Friday afternoon at the Proctor Tennis Courts.
With its 12th win in the last 13 matches, Middlebury advances to Saturday's third round where it will take on NESCAC-rival Williams College, who held off Skidmore College, 5-4, in Friday's first match. Babson, which collected its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory on Thursday, sees its season come to an end at 11-11.
The Panthers' duo of seniors Alex Johnston (Leeds, England) and Andrew Lebovitz (Weston, Mass.) cruised past sophomores Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spaine) and Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.), recording an 8-0 win at number one doubles. A few minutes later, junior Peter Heidrich (Peoria, Ill.) and sophomore Ari Smolyar (Short Hills, N.J.) were 8-3 winners over junior Ramone Doyley (Kingston, Jamaica) and first-year Dom Wysolmerski (Rutland, Vt.) in the third flight. The number two doubles tandem of senior Brantner Jones (Winnetka, Ill.) and sophomore Palmer Campbell (Nashville, Tenn.) completed the sweep, picking up an 8-1 win against the Beavers' duo of junior Connor DeFiore (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore Saif Rahim (Hong Kong).
Middlebury came within one point of securing the match when sophomore Jackson Frons (Encino, Calif.) had little trouble with Wysolmerski at number six singles, earning a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Junior Courtney Mountifield (Bedford, N.H.) clinched the match at fifth singles for the Panthers, besting Rahim in straight sets by scores of 6-0, 6-3.
Perez came through with the best performance of the day for the Green and White, breaking Johnston's serve twice en route to a 6-4 first-set triumph at number one singles. Vu, Doyley and DeFiore all dropped the first set of their respective matches.
Note: Portions of this release courtesy of Middlebury College.
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