Middlebury has earned the No. 3 seed and looks for its ninth NESCAC Championship when it serves as the host for this weekend's NESCAC Men's Tennis Tournament. Amherst is the top seed and looks to win its first title since 2014 when first-round action begins on Friday, May 3 at Middlebury's Proctor Tennis Courts. The semifinals are set for Saturday, May 4, while the championship match is scheduled for Sunday, May 5. The Panthers are hosting the NESCAC Tennis Championships for the first time since 2015 and fourth time overall.
Third-seeded Middlebury (13-6) hosts No. 6 Tufts (8-8) in the other quarterfinal match that is scheduled to begin no earlier than 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The Panthers started the spring season with a 7-0 mark and have won four of their last five matches entering the tournament. Middlebury has been in every NESCAC Championship field and is the No. 3 seed for the second year in a row. The Panthers have reached the semifinals 13 consecutive years and have played in five straight finals. Middlebury, which posted a 6-2 record versus NESCAC teams this season, owns eight NESCAC titles and won its last championship in 2016.
Tufts is the No. 6 seed for the first time since 2014 and returns to the tournament field after a two-year hiatus. The Jumbos are making their sixth appearance overall and looking for their first victory in the NESCAC Championship. Tufts finished the regular season winning three of its last four matches. Middlebury won a 2013 quarterfinal match, 5-1, in the only meeting between the two teams in the NESCAC Championship. The Panthers earned a 6-3 victory over the Jumbos on April 13 this season.
No. 4 Bowdoin (15-3) and No. 5 Williams (8-7) will kick off the 2019 NESCAC Championship with a 9 a.m. match on Friday, May 3. The Polar Bears have won the last two NESCAC titles, and have played in the last three championship matches. Bowdoin went 7-2 versus NESCAC teams this season and enters the tournament having won 11 of its last 13 matches. The Polar Bears, who are making their 18th appearance in the field, are looking to move into the semifinals for the sixth consecutive year.
Williams has been in every NESCAC Tournament field and is the No. 5 seed for the first time since 2015. The Ephs have reached the semifinal round nine of the last 10 years and won their fourth NESCAC title in 2013. Williams went 5-3 against NESCAC competition this season, including a 6-3 loss to Bowdoin last Saturday in the regular season finale. Bowdoin and Williams are 1-1 against each other in the NESCAC Championship series. The Polar Bears evened the series record with a 5-3 victory in the 2012 semifinals.
Amherst (15-3) will take on the winner of the Williams/Bowdoin match. The Mammoths are the No. 1 seed for the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2015. Amherst has won three NESCAC titles and enters championship having won 10 of its last 11 matches and is 7-1 versus NESCAC opponents this season, including 5-4 wins over Williams and Bowdoin. The Mammoths are 3-1 against Bowdoin in the NESCAC Championship but dropped a 5-1 decision to the Polar Bears in the 2016 semifinals. Amherst owns a 5-4 edge over Williams in NESCAC postseason play, but fell, 5-3, in the most recent meeting in the 2017 quarterfinals.
Wesleyan (14-3) is the No. 2 seed for the first time in program history and will face the winner of the Tufts/Middlebury match. The Cardinals qualified for the tournament for the fourth straight year and will be playing in the semifinal round for the fourth consecutive season. Wesleyan enters the NESCAC Championship having won four straight matches and went 7-2 versus NESCAC teams this season. The Cardinals are aiming for their first appearance in the championship match. Wesleyan has faced Middlebury once in the NESCAC Championship, falling to the Panthers, 5-2, in the 2016 semifinals. The Cardinals are 1-0 against Tufts after winning, 5-3, in the 2016 quarterfinals.
The six-team championship field is chosen by a tournament selection committee, which seeds the participating teams. The top two seeds receive a first-round bye. Results of each match and updated schedules will be available at the conclusion of each day at NESCAC.com.
Live statistics will be available for every match throughout the weekend. There will also be live video for selected matches if a camera icon appears in the bottom portion of the box.
2019 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship
First Round - Friday, May 3 - Hosted by Middlebury
No. 5 Williams vs. No. 4 Bowdoin – 9:00 a.m.
No. 6 Tufts vs. No. 3 Middlebury - Not before 11:30 a.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, May 4 - Hosted by Middlebury
Winner of No. 4/5 Match vs. No. 1 Amherst – 9:00 a.m.
Winner of No. 3/6 Match vs. No. 2 Wesleyan - Not before 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 5 - Hosted by Middlebury
Championship Match – 9:00 a.m.
-- Courtesy of the NESCAC --