The Middlebury men’s tennis team hosted the 2014 USTA/ITA Men's Tennis Regional Championship. The three-day event took place both on Proctor Courts and indoors in Nelson Arena from Friday through Sunday, September 26-28.
Middlebury junior Jackson Frons (Encino, Calif.) picked up a quartet of wins to reach the semifinals, including three victories over seeded players.
Additional Panthers who tallied wins during the event were rookie Noah Farrell (Wilton, Conn.) along with juniors Ari Smolyar (W. Orange, N.J.) and Allen Jackson (Charlotte, N.C.). Farrell, seeded #6, worked his way through to the quarterfinal round with a trio of straight-set triumphs before falling to Chen. Smolyar picked up a pair of straight-set wins in his first two matches. In his round of 16 match, he battled back from a set down before falling to Pierre Planche of Bates by set scores of 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (3).
In his first match, Jackson edged past Luke Terceck of Bowdoin (6-4, 7-5), but Anton Zykov of Amherst edged past Jackson in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0 in the round of 32.
In doubles play, the duos of Smolyar and senior Courtney Mountifield (Bedford, N.H.) along with junior Palmer Campbell (Nashville, Tenn.) and rookie Kyle Schlanger (Summerfield, N.C.) both made it through to the quarterfinal round before bowing out. Also, the tandem of seniors Chris Frost (Niskayuna, N.Y.) and Peter Heidrich (Peoria, Ill.) picked up a victory in the bracket.
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• Up next: 10/11-12 @ Wallach Invitational (Bates)