The eighth-ranked Panther men's tennis team fell behind 3-0 after doubles play, but the Panthers responded by sweeping the six singles matches on their way to a 6-3 home victory over No. 18 Tufts (5-7, 1-4) on Saturday. The match was played on the Proctor Tennis Courts. Middlebury (10-5, 3-1) returns to action Sunday when it hosts No. 10 Williams at 12:00 p.m.
During doubles play, the Jumbos were victorious in all three matches, winning by identical 8-6 scores in the top-two spots and 8-3 at No. 3.
In singles play, the momentum completely switched, as the Panthers were victorious in all six matches, including straight sets during four of the wins. Noah Farrell put the hosts on the board when he won in the second spot by scores of 6-3, 6-0 over Paris Pentousis, while Nate Eazor brought Middlebury to within one via a 6-4, 6-1 victory in the sixth position versus Jack Moldenhauer. Lubomir Cuba was the next to finish, knotting the match at 3-3 with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1 against Boris Sorkin.
Adam Guo gave the Panthers the lead for good with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Owen Bartok at No. 5, while Andre Xiao clinched the match with a 7-6 (4), 7-5 win in the third position over Isaac Gorelik. At No. 4, Stanley Morris and Carl-Herman Grant split the first two sets, before Morris recorded a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 victory to complete the comeback and make the final score 6-3.