Morris Plays in Singles Final; Panthers Compete at ITA Regional Championship

Stanley Morris advanced to Sunday's final.
Stanley Morris advanced to Sunday's final.

Middlebury's Stanley Morris won five matches over the course of three days, but was edged in the singles final during the 2019 ITA Men's Tennis Regional Championship hosted by Colby. Morris advances as a wild card to the ITA Cup at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Rome, Georgia from October 17-20.

In the singles draw, six Panthers took to the courts with four advancing to the round of 16 and two to the quarterfinals. Morris, one of the No. 9 seeds, started action with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 win over Damien Ruparel from Amherst and a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory against Bowdoin's Evan Fortier. On Saturday, Morris defeated Williams' Alex Taylor in three sets (6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2) and third-seeded David Aizenberg from Brandeis in straight sets (6-4, 6-3). On Sunday morning, Morris eased past Wesleyan's Zach Fleischman 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals, before falling 6-3, 6-3 in the final against second-seeded Boris Sorkin from Tufts.  

Robby Ward also represented Middlebury in the round of eight. One of the No. 9 seeds, Ward moved into Saturday's play with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Albert Go of MIT and a 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 victory against Brandeis' Jeff Chen. Ward posted a 6-1, 6-0 win against Ezekiel Hall from Gordon on Saturday morning before losing to ninth-seeded Noah Lilienthal by scores of 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday afternoon.

On Friday, Alex Vanezis started play with a three-set victory over top-seeded Sean Wei from Amherst (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) before easing past Wheaton's Josh Anschuetz (6-2, 6-0). On Saturday morning, Vanezis ended his run with a 6-3, 6-3 setback to Fleischman. Also picking up a first-round win was Andre Xiao by scores of 6-4, 6-2 against Wesleyan's Brian Lee.

In doubles play, the tandem of Morris and Aidan Harris posted an 8-3 win over Justin Wang and Fortier from Bowdoin before losing their second-round match. The team of Ward and David Vilys cruised 8-1 against Springfield's Hieu Ton and Michael Kendrick before bowing out in round two.

The Panthers continue the fall portion of their schedule on October 19-20 at the Wesleyan Invitational.