Champions have been crowned at the 2017 ITA Men's Tennis New England Regional Championship hosted by Middlebury College. The winners of both the singles and doubles draws advance to the ITA Oracle Cup at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Rome, Georgia from October 11-15, 2017.
In the singles draw, six Panthers took to the courts with three advancing to the quarterfinal round and one to the semifinals. Lubomir Cuba began his quest with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Kevin Ma from Amherst and a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Bowdoin's Justin Patel. On Saturday, Cuba defeated Williams' Sachin Raghavan in three sets (6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3) and Bowdoin's Luke Tercek in straights sets during the quarterfinals (6-2, 6-0). In Sunday's semifinals, Cuba fell to Andrew Finkelman of Wesleyan by scores of 6-2, 6-3.
Noah Farrell and William de Quant also represented Middlebury in the round of eight. Fifth-seeded Farrell moved into Saturday's play with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Brandon Howard of Nichols and a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Anupreeth Coramutla from Brandeis. Farrell posted a 7-5, 6-1 win against Ananth Raghavan on Saturday morning before losing to eventual champion Brian Grodecki from Williams by scores of 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday afternoon.
On Friday, de Quant started play with a three-set victory over Bowdoin's Larry Zhao (7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3) before knocking off Wesleyan's Cameron Daniels in straight sets (6-4, 7-5). On Saturday morning, de Quant tallied a narrow 7-6 (5), 6-3 win against MIT's Sean Ko, before bowing out with a 6-2, 6-2 setback to Finkelman.
Alex Vanezis and Kyle Schlanger played their way into the round of 16. Vanezis recorded a win against ninth-seeded Zach Bessette of Amherst (7-5, 3-6, 6-3) and Ben Battle from Tufts (6-3, 5-7, 6-3) before losing to Tercek. Schlanger eased past Colby-Sawyer's Nick Mathieu (6-1, 6-2) and Jackson Kogan of Brandeis (6-2, 6-4) before bowing out against second-seeded Steven Chen of Wesleyan (6-3, 6-2).
In doubles play, Peter Martin and Farrell played their win into Sunday's final. The duo earned 8-0 wins over Jorge Aguirre Martinez and Javier Esteban de Celis from Wheaton, as well as Western New England's Justin Kohut and David Kalmer. In the round of 16, Farrell and Martin eased past Tufts' Benjamin Battle and Carl-Herman Grant (8-4), followed by an 8-2 win in the quarterfinals over Zach Fleischman and Daniels of Wesleyan. During Sunday's semifinal, the Panther duo bested Coramulta and Kogan (8-3) before falling to Bowdoin's Grant Urken and Tercek in the final (6-4, 6-3).
Schlanger and Timo van der Geest, seeded eighth in the draw, won their first-round match 8-3 over Wesleyan's Marcus Sweeney and Jonathan Holtzman. In the round of 16, the Panther pair eased past Kyle Wolfe and Zhao from Bowdoin, but fell to Alex Taylor and Grodecki from Williams, 8-3.
The Panthers continue the fall portion of their schedule next weekend at the Farnsworth Invitational hosted by Princeton from October 6-8.