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Men’s tennis still unbeaten

COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team breezed to wins in its first four matches of its trip to California this week, improving to 7-0. The Panthers, finalists in NCAA Division III a year ago, are ranked No. 3 this season.
At least one tough test awaits in their final two games out West: After visiting D-II Riverside on Thursday, the Panthers will travel to No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday, the defending NCAA champion.
On this past Saturday, the team opened its trip with an 8-1 victory over Division II Concordia in Costa Mesa. 
The Panthers took all three doubles points against the Eagles. At No. 1, Ari Smolyar and Noah Farrell prevailed, 8-1. At No. 2, Palmer Campbell and Hamid Derbani posted an 8-5 win. At No. 3, Timo van der Geest and William de Quant needed extra play to earn the point for Middlebury, 9-8.
In singles, at No. 6 van der Geest picked up a 6-2, 6-0 decision. At No. 3, Campbell earned the match-clinching point with a 6-3, 6-3 win.
The four remaining matches all needed tiebreakers. At No. 4, de Quant won, 6-1, 3-6, 10-3, and at No. 5 Derbani won 7-6, 1-6, 10-5. At No. 2, Smolyar was edged, 3-6, 6-4, 14-12. At No. 1, Farrell won, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.
On Sunday in Whittier, Middlebury blanked Lewis & Clark, 9-0. At No. 1 doubles, Smolyar and Farrell won, 8-4. At No. 2, Campbell and Derbani won, 8-3, and at No. 3 de Quant and van der Geest secured the third point, 9-8.
In singles action, the Panthers produced points four through eight with straight-set wins over the 6-7 Pioneers. At No. 4, de Quant won, 6-1, 6-1, and at No. 6 van der Geest clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-2 win. Smolyar won No. 2, 6-2, 6-0, while Derbani cruised in the fifth flight. Campbell won at No. 3, 7-5, 6-0, and at No. 1 Farrell ran his record to 20-2 with a 6-0, 5-7, 10-6 victory.
On Monday, the Panthers cruised past host Biola, 9-0, dropping Biola to 9-9. The No. 1 doubles team of Farrell and Smolyar and No. 2 tandem of Derbani and Campbell each won, 8-2, and at No. 3 van der Geest and de Quant won, 8-0.
In singles action, all six Panther victories came in straight sets. Cole Sutton prevailed, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 6, and Kyle Schlanger clinched the match at No. 4, 6-3, 6-0. Smolyar won at No. 1, 6-0, 6-2; de Quant cruised at No. 3, 6-1, 6-0; Campbell won No. 2 ,6-2, 6-3; and Peter Martin completed the sweep at No. 5, 6-2, 6-2. 
On Tuesday, the Panthers defeated No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer, 6-3, losing one doubles match and the final two singles matches after taking a 6-1 lead against the 9-7 Sagehens.
In doubles, Smolyar and Noah Farrell won, 8-1, and at No. 3 de Quant and van der Geest doubled the Panther lead with an 8-6 victory before Campbell and Derbani lost, 9-8.
The Panthers then won the first four contested singles matches to clinch the team win. At No. 5, Derbani won, 6-0, 6-2; at No. 4, de Quant won, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0; at No. 2, Smolyar won, 6-3, 6-4; and at No. 1, Farrell, the nation’s top-ranked D-III player, prevailed, 7-6 (1), 6-1. At No. 6 van der Geest fell, 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 at No. 6, and at No. 3, Campbell lost, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 10-7.

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