Panthers End Fall With Two Titles at Tufts/Deis Invitational

Noah Farrell dropped just one set on his way to the title in the A singles bracket.
Noah Farrell dropped just one set on his way to the title in the A singles bracket.

The Middlebury men's tennis team concluded the fall portion of its schedule with two titles at the Tufts/Deis Invitational over the weekend. Two singles draws as well as a two doubles brackets were both contested. After the first round of play in each bracket, consolation backdraws also took place.

In the A singles bracket, Noah Farrell claimed the title with five victories. The No. 3 seed defeated Noah Lilienthal of Wesleyan (6-1, 6-4) in the first round, and edged Tufts' Ben Biswas (6-7 (3), 6-2, 10-8) in his next match. He moved into the final with victories over MIT's Sean Ko (6-2, 6-1) and Jayson Fung of Amherst (6-3, 6-0). He knocked off top-seeded Sean Wei of Amherst by scores of 6-2, 6-2 to earn the title.

Also picking up a win in the A bracket was Stanley Morris with a 3-6, 7-5, 10-5 victory over Williams' Austin Barr.

After dropping their first matches in the main draw, Panthers Adam Guo, Weston Brach and David Vilys each tallied two victories in the backdraw.

In the B doubles draw, the tandem of Andre Xiao and Aleksandr Samets earned the title. In the opening round, the Panthers defeated second-seeded Kirun Cheung and Calvin Chung of Williams (8-5), followed by an 8-6 victory against Wesleyan's Ali Mooraj and Zach Fleischman. In the semifinals, Xiao and Samets cruised by Bowdoin's Tristian Young and Aidan McGrory 8-3, before claiming the title via an 8-5 victory over Amherst's Jesse Levitin and Damien Ruparel.

During play in the A doubles bracket, the duo of Morris and Nate Eazor secured an 8-3 win over MIT's Alex Cauneac and Albert Go before falling in their next match.