|Senior Captain Spencer Lunghino|
The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Team got their 2013 Spring Season off on the right foot this past weekend. With three matches in two days, the Panthers stayed busy on Saturday and Sunday en route to a 3-0 start to the season. The weekend’s play was highlighted by a Sunday afternoon 7-2 victory over Bates College, who came into the weekend ranked number twelve in the nation.
Every member of this year’s squad was able to play a match this weekend, and all recorded a Panther victory! Saturday afternoon the Panthers squared off against both SUNY – Oneonta and Brandeis. Middlebury utilized their deep roster against SUNY – Oneonta, playing members of the team not currently in the top six rotation in route to a 9-0 victory. Later that afternoon, the top players squared off against Brandeis, notching an 8-1 victory. The weekend’s action was capped off with a Sunday afternoon 7-2 win over Bates College. After losing at number one doubles, Midd took five of the six singles matches on their way to the victory.
Adam and I were very pleased with the way we competed from top to bottom as we consistently brought strong energy and focus. We were able to learn a great deal about our strengths as well as areas that still need attention.
With a weekend off from competition, the Panthers are looking to move their training forward with a full week of practice and a possible intersquad match this weekend. The team will fly to California for our annual spring trip departing on March 22. With ten matches in six days, the trip should be a great test for the Panthers. The schedule over spring break is not only high volume, but also includes of a number of highly nationally ranked teams.