Members of the Middlebury men's tennis team competed in the Farnsworth Invitational hosted by Princeton at the Lenz Tennis Center. The Panthers were the lone Division III team in a tournament of 15 schools. The invitational consisted of coaches entering players in pairs of two for a Davis Cup format, as each pair formed a team that played doubles first, followed by two singles matches.
In doubles action, the team of Farrell and Martin tallied a 3-1 record during the weekend's matches. The Panther duo defeated the Army West Point team of Myles Conlin and Nikita Larichev 8-4, followed by a similar result against the Lehigh team of Harry Wang and George Cooper. Farrell and Martin concluded the weekend by blanking Tomi Antoljak and George Stevenson from NJIT, 6-0.
The teams of Xiao and Samets along with Guo and Vilys both were victorious twice in doubles. Xiao and Samets defeated Bryant Born and Jacob Edelchik of Lehigh (8-7 (4)), followed by a win over Hofstra's Ryan Hardin and Shawn Jackson (6-2). Guo and Vilys edged Army West Point's Grant Patterson and Will Ockerman (8-7 (5)), along with Marist's Jack Sequerth and Kian Yazdi (8-6).
During singles play, Farrell and Guo each tallied three wins in their four matches. Farrell cruised by NJIT's Abdallah Fouad (6-2, 6-0) and Wang from Lehigh (7-6 (1), 6-1), as well as Antoljak (6-2, 6-2). Guo breezed past Patterson (6-2, 6-0) and edged Sequerth (6-4, 7-5), ending his weekend with a walkover victory against Chris Gladden from Marist.
Vilys and Martin also earned two victories as individuals. Vilys defeated Ockerman in straight sets (7-5, 6-1), before besting Kian Yazdi of Marist (6-3, 7-5), while Martin knocked off Cooper (6-0, 6-1) and Svensson (6-4, 6-3).
The Panthers conclude the fall portion of their schedule when they take part in the Tufts/Brandeis Invitational from Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14.