Panthers Host ITA Men's Tennis New England Regional

(L-R): Nate Eazor gets ready to hit a return in Sunday's final, while Lubomir Cuba approaches the net.
(L-R): Nate Eazor gets ready to hit a return in Sunday's final, while Lubomir Cuba approaches the net.

Champions have been crowned at the 2018 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 Cup at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Rome, Georgia from October 11-14, 2018.

Bowdoin's Jerry Jiang and Justin Wang won the doubles crown, while Boris Sorkin of Tufts earned the title in singles.

In doubles play, Lubomir Cuba and Nate Eazor played their win into Sunday's final in the bracket of 32 tandems. The third-seeded Panther duo earned an 8-3 win over Sorkin and Carl-Herman Grant from Tufts, followed by an 8-4 triumph against the Williams team of Arturo Kam and Calvin Chung. In the quarterfinal round, Cuba and Eazor eased past Wesleyan's Zach Fleischman and Peter Anker (8-4), followed by an 8-3 win in the semifinals over Adam Tzeng and Jackson Kogan of Brandeis. During Sunday's final, the Panther duo fell to Jiang and Wang by scores of 6-3, 7-5.

Peter Martin and Noah Farrell, seeded fifth in the draw, also advanced to the quarterfinals. The pair won its first-round match 8-5 over Williams' Michael Medvedev and Noah Reich. In the round of 16, the Panther pair eased past William Turchetta and Damien Ruparel from Amherst, but fell to Jiang and Wang 8-3 in the quarterfinals.

In the singles draw, six Panthers took to the courts with four advancing to the round of 16 and two to the quarterfinals. Cuba began his quest with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Ian Tracy from Wheaton and a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Babson's Alberto Mendiola. On Saturday, Cuba defeated Williams' Alex Taylor in three sets (1-6, 6-3, 10-3), but retired after winning the first set (6-2) and trailing in set two (4-1) to Kam.

Farrell also represented Middlebury in the round of eight. The third-seeded Panther moved into Saturday's play with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Bass Lin of Emerson and a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Wang. Farrell posted a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win against Anker on Saturday morning before losing to sixth-seeded Sorkin by scores of 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday afternoon.

On Friday, Eazor started play with a straight-set victory over Brandeis' Anupreeth Coramutla (6-1, 7-5) before blanking Colby-Sawyer's Alex Wright (6-0, 6-0). On Saturday morning, Eazor ended his run with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 setback to Amherst's Kevin Ma.

Stanley Morris played his way into the round of 16, beginning action with a three-set win (6-1, 3-6, 10-5) over Deepak Indrakanti of Williams followed by a straight-set victory (6-3, 6-2) against Tzeng. He fell in straight sets to Sorkin (6-3, 7-5) in the round of 16.

The Panthers continue the fall portion of their schedule next weekend at the Farnsworth Invitational hosted by Princeton from October 5-7.