Middlebury 9, Tufts 0

At Medford, MA
Friday, April 2, 2010

1. Andrew Lee/Andrew Thomson (M) def. Andrew Lutz/Kai Victoria (T) 8-2
2. Conrad Olson/Eliot Jia (M) def. Daniel Landers/Paul Kohnstamm (T) 8-6
3. Andrew Peters/Eric Vehovec (M) def. Sam Laber/Morrie Bossen (T) 8-3

1. Lee (M) def. Victoria (T) 6-1, 6-0
2. Thomson (M) def. Andrew Rosen (T) 6-2, 6-3
3. Alec Parower (M) def. Tony Carucci (T) 6-2, 6-4
4. Peter Odell (M) def. Lutz (T) 1-6, 6-2, (10-4)
5. Spencer Lunghino (M) def. Mark Westerfield (T) 6-4, 6-2
6. Jia (M) def. Bossen (T) 6-1, 6-1

Junior Tony Carucci played a competitive match at #3

MEDFORD -- The Middlebury College men's tennis team visited Tufts on Friday afternoon as the newly crowned #1 team in the latest national rankings. In the opening NESCAC match for both teams, the Panthers posted a 9-0 victory.

Doubles started off with Middlebury winning two of the three matches quickly. The second doubles was tight as Tufts junior tri-captain Paul Kohnstamm (Larchmont, NY) and senior tri-captain Daniel Landers (Sao Paulo, Brazil) matched Middlebury's power with strong returns and volleys. Middlebury pulled off the third win, 8-6, with a late break of serve.

In singles, Tufts freshman Mark Westerfield (Menlo Park, CA) moved up to #5 and played a grueling first set that lasted about 80 minutes. In contrast, freshman Andrew Lutz (Baltimore, MD) at #4 played a fast-paced serve-and-volley style that caught his opponent off guard to win the first set 6-1. He eventually lost in the match tie-break. The longest match of the day was at #3 between Jumbo junior Tony Carucci (Thousand Oaks, CA) and Panther Alec Parower as both players slugged out forehands in a tight second set.

The Jumbos dropped to 3-3 overall with the loss, heading into a home double-header tomorrow against Bowdoin and Brandeis. Middlebury, now 8-2, plays at Bates tomorrow morning.