MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team opened its spring season with an 8-1 victory on Saturday over visiting NESCAC foe Bates in the Nelson Recreational Center. Middlebury returns to action next Saturday at home against Brandeis at 1:30 p.m. The Panthers started the season ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, while Bates stood at No. 26.