Tiger boys’ tennis tops Falcons for fifth victory

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ tennis team put together another strong outing on Monday, dodging a few raindrops on the way to a 7-0 defeat of visiting North Country.
The result pushed the Tigers’ record to 5-2, and Coach Ken Schoen noted their two losses — at U-32 last week and in their opener to Colchester without No. 1 player Jesse Rubin — both came by 4-3 scores and included individual matches decided by tiebreakers.
“The boys are having a good season,” Schoen said. “The two losses were as close as it gets in tennis.”
TIGER SOPHOMORE ANDY Giorgio volleys a winner during his doubles win with partner Abel Anderson against North Country on Monday. Below, Tiger No. 1 singles player Jesse Rubin serves during his singles match. The Middlebury senior defeated North Country’s Nick Bliss, 8-4.
Independent photo/Steve James
Individually, he said, everybody on the team has played well, and the top singles substitute, Joseph Whitley, has gone 4-0 when spotting in between Nos. 3 and 5 on the ladder. Meanwhile, the two doubles teams are undefeated.
“This is a deep team that is competitive at every position,” Schoen said.
With heavy weather threatening and some rain falling mid-match, on Monday Schoen and his North Country counterpart agreed to a “pro-set” format in which the athletes played one set to eight games instead of two sets to six games apiece.
The results in the individual matches were:
•At No. 1 singles, Rubin (MUHS) defeated Nick Bliss (NC), 8-4.
•At No. 2 singles, Spencer Doran (MUHS) defeated Connor Davis (NC), 8-3.
•At No. 3 singles, Sam Daly (MUHS) defeated Colin Archer (NC), 8-3.
•At No. 4 singles, Hunter Munteanu (MUHS) defeated Derek Medley (NC), 8-5.
•At No. 5 singles, Drew Kiernan (MUHS) defeated Chris Johnson (NC), 8-2.
•At No. 1 doubles, Andy Giorgio and Abel Anderson (MUHS) defeated Evan Tremblay and Andrew Charbonneau (NC), 8-0.
•At No. 2 doubles, Aiden Cole and Oliver Poduschnick (MUHS) defeated Max Roberts and Conlon St. John (NC), 8-4.

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