Middlebury advanced to the NCAA Men's Tennis Regional Final with a 5-0 victory Friday over Goucher in a match played in the Nelson Recreation Center at Middlebury College. The sixth-ranked Panthers (17-6) will play MIT in the final on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., while the Gophers finish their season at 17-6.
Middlebury jumped out to a 3-0 advantage at the conclusion of doubles. The Panther duo of Noah Farrell and Alex Vanezis posted an 8-0 victory at No. 2 over Frankie Mullinix and Elliot Diehl. A few minutes later, Middlebury doubled its lead when Lubomir Cuba and Peter Martin tallied an 8-2 victory over Michael Herman and Tetsuya Ota in the top flight. The No. 3 duo of Andre Xiao and Nate Eazor completed the sweep, winning the last six games on their way to 8-3 triumph over Slade Dumas and Omosesan Adebamgbe.
In singles matches, the Panthers were victorious at No. 1 and No. 4 to seal the match. In the top spot, Cuba defeated Ota (6-0, 6-0), while Adam Guo clinched the match over Adebamgbe at No. 4 (6-0, 6-0).
The remaining four matches went unfinished with Middlebury winning the first set on the three flights that took to the court. Farrell claimed the opening set 6-0 and was up 2-0 in set number two against Herman, while Xiao earned the opening set 6-2 and won the first game of the second against Mullinix at No. 3. In the fifth position, Eazor won the first game over Dumas, while Middlebury's Stanley Morris and Goucher's Brian Kane didn't start their match at the bottom of the lineup.