Cuba and Schlanger Win NCAA Doubles Title

(L-R): Lubomir Cuba and Kyle Schlanger pose with their trophies following Saturday's victory.
(L-R): Lubomir Cuba and Kyle Schlanger pose with their trophies following Saturday's victory.

Middlebury men's tennis players Lubomir Cuba and Kyle Schlanger became the second Panther duo in as many years to hoist the NCAA Doubles crown, earning a pair of straight-set wins in the semifinals and finals. The doubles title was the second for Cuba, who won it last year with William de Quant, while Schlanger earns his first. Matches took place at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California.

During the semifinals, Cuba and Schlanger won the last five games of the opening set against Wabash's Patrick McAuley and William Reifes for a 6-1 win. Cuba and Schlanger, the top seed in the draw, dropped just two games in the second set for a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

In the final against the pair of Scott Rubinstein and James Spaulding from Emory, the Panthers cruised in the first set by a 6-0 score. With the second set tied at 2-2, Cuba and Schlanger won the final four games, including a backhanded cross-court winner for the championship's last point, during a 6-0, 6-2 victory.

Cuba and Schlanger, 2018 First-Team All-NESCAC honorees, finish the season with a 28-3 record as a duo and winners of 19-straight matches.