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Men’s tennis earns wins vs. top foes

AUSTIN, Texas — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team on Saturday posted its second straight win over a top-ranked NCAA Division III foe, 6-3 over No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. That result followed a 6-3 win over No. 1 Emory by the same score on Friday.
The Panthers, who were ranked No. 4 in the March 30 poll, concluded their spring trip to the Lone Star state with an 11-1 record, and their only loss came to a D-II school. Middlebury returns to action on Saturday and Sunday with home NESCAC matches vs. Williams and Tufts, respectively.
Vs. Claremont, the Panther No. 1 team of Lubomir Cuba and William de Quant were first off the court with an 8-4 victory over Julian Gordy and Daniel Morkovine. The No. 3 CMS duo of Jake Berber and Alex Brenner evened the match at 1-1 with an 8-5 victory Allen Jackson and Timo van der Geest. The Panthers took a 2-1 lead headed to singles with an 8-6 triumph at No. 2 by Hamid Derbani and Kyle Schlanger over Nikolai Parodi and Jay Yeam.
In singles, Cuba put the Panthers ahead, 3-1, with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 1 vs. Parodi, but Brenner pulled the Stags back to within one via a 6-2, 6-3 triumph against Jackson at No. 6. At No. 5, van der Geest gave Middlebury a 4-2 advantage with a 6-3, 7-6 (0) win against Max Macey. Schlanger then clinched the match for the Panthers with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4 over Daniel Park.
Patrick Wildman tallied the Stags’ third point against Derbani at No. 3 when Derbani retired; Wildman led, 4-6, 6-3, 3-0. At No. 3, de Quant closed the match with a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-1 win against Morkovine.

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