MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Amherst College men's tennis team will finish as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) runners-up this year after Middlebury College defeated the top-seeded Mammoths 5-1 to capture the conference championship on Sunday morning at Proctor Tennis Courts.
The Panthers (16-6), defending national champions and #6 team in the nation, win their third NESCAC championship in the last five years and their ninth since 2004.
Sean Wei '21 and Jayson Fung '20 earned an 8-5 victory at first doubles to tie the match at a point apiece, but Middlebury took a 2-1 lead after doubles when Noah Farrell and Alex Vanezis outlasted Zach Bessette '19 and Harris Foulkes '22 8-7 in a tiebreaker at second doubles.
From there, the Panthers quickly collected three singles matches to claim the conference crown. Lubomir Cuba defeated Wei at the top of the singles ladder (6-0, 6-4) and Nate Eazor beat Foulkes 6-4, 6-0 at fifth singles.
Farrell delivered the conference-clinching point at second doubles with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Kevin Ma '21.
The #4 nationally ranked Mammoths (16-4) will undoubtedly receive their 20th NCAA tournament bid when the national brackets are announced this coming week. NCAA play will take place next weekend, with the regional winners advancing to the championship site at Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 20-25.