Eighth-Ranked Men’s Tennis Posts Two Come-From-Behind NESCAC Wins

Andre Xiao clinched the match with his three-set victory at No. 3 singles on Sunday.
Andre Xiao clinched the match with his three-set victory at No. 3 singles on Sunday.

The eighth-ranked Panther men’s tennis team recorded a pair of come-from-behind home wins in NESCAC play last weekend. Middlebury fell behind 3-0 after doubles play against No. 18 Tufts on Saturday, but the Panthers responded by sweeping the six singles matches on their way to a 6-3 win. The next day against 10th-ranked Williams, the Ephs claimed two of three doubles points, but the Panthers won four of the six singles matches for a 5-4 triumph.

  • Trailing 3-0 after doubles against Tufts, the momentum completely switched, as the Panthers were victorious in all six singles matches, including straight sets during four.
  • Senior Noah Farrell (Wilton, Conn.) won in the second spot by scores of 6-3, 6-0, while sophomore Nate Eazor (Dallas, Texas) recorded a 6-4, 6-1 victory in the sixth position. Senior Lubomir Cuba (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) knotted the match at 3-3 with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1.
  • Sophomore Adam Guo (Redmond, Wash.) tallied a 6-2, 6-4 triumph at No. 5, while classmate Andre Xiao (Fremont, Calif.) clinched the match with a 7-6 (4), 7-5 win in the third position. At No. 4, rookie Stanley Morris (Santa Monica, Calif.) recorded a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 victory to complete the comeback.
  • Against Williams, the Panther point came from the duo of Farrell and senior Peter Martin (Orinda, Calif.) 8-3 score in the second spot.
  • In singles play, Farrell leveled the match at 2-2 via a 6-0, 6-0 decision, before the Ephs regained the lead with a straight-set win at No. 4. Eazor tied the contest again with a 7-5, 6-3 victory at No. 6.
  • Cuba gave the Panthers their first lead in the match at 4-3, posting a 6-4, 6-4 triumph atop the lineup, but the visitors tied the score again with a victory in the fifth position.
  • In the decisive match at No. 3, Xiao recorded a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 victory for the final score 5-4.

• Men’s tennis record: 11-5
• Up Next: 4/19 at Bates – 4:00 p.m., 4/20 at Bowdoin – 2:00 p.m.