Middlebury advanced to the NCAA DIII Men’s Tennis Championship match for the third time in four years and the seventh time in program history with a 5-3 win over second-ranked Emory. The semifinal match was played at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. The top-ranked Panthers (24-4) will play third-ranked and NESCAC foe Bowdoin, a 5-0 winner over seventh-ranked Chicago, on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET. The Eagles finish their season at 19-5.

Tuesday’s NCAA semifinal contest between the Panthers and Eagles was the 11th all-time meeting between the two schools and the sixth in the NCAA tournament. Emory had won five of the six previous matches before Middlebury’s win on Tuesday, with the Panthers other win coming in 2004 during the NCAA semifinals by a 4-1 score. The two teams met on April 21 in Connecticut, with Middlebury posting a 7-2 victory.

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