Sunday, March 1, 2020

Panther Tennis Season Opener Two Weeks Away!

The Middlebury Panthers are hungry for our dual match season to begin! The first two weeks of training with the coaching staff this Spring has been nothing short of impressive. Our group has been attacking morning workouts, sharpening their skills on the courts, and are bubbling with enthusiasm for some outside competition. Thankfully, our first matches are just around the corner, so we will be able to start applying force against outside competition soon.

Opening weekend for us will be March 14th and 15th, when we will play against four teams across two days all in Nelson Arena! On Saturday, we face off against Bates (1230pm) and then Hamilton (5pm). Then on Sunday we will compete against #8th nationally ranked Brandeis prior to taking on St. Michael’s. It will be an action packed and fun filled weekend that we have been preparing hard for!

Live Scoring and Live Streaming 
If you won’t be able to join us here in Middlebury, we will have live scoring and live streaming all weekend (with links on the Schedule/Results page of our website). From these links, which will be placed on our schedule page soon, you will be directed to a TennisTicker virtual scoreboard specific to each match that will provide live scoring for all matches being played. If it is a home match, then each court that is currently active will have a “Camera Icon” that you can click to access the video live stream for that specific court.

New Middlebury Online Store! (Deadline to Order is March 8th).
You can never have too much Middlebury Tennis apparel! Therefore, we are trying out another online team store. Check out the link to the store here ( You can find the latest Nike Gear with our official Middlebury Tennis logos, just like our team wears! Hope you enjoy and find something you like!
Username: Middlebury
Password: Tennis20

Community Service: Girl Scout Cookies
This past weekend, all of our boys helped our local Middlebury girl scouts by unloading and organizing a truck full of girl scout cookies! Many hands certainly made for light work. Check out the pic below to see our Panthers in action.

A little cold weather does not our boys from helping to unload and organize all the Girl Scout Cookies to be sold in Addison country this year! A fun and small way to lend a helping hand to support our local community.

Reminder: Senior Night and Alumni Weekend
Our Senior Night will take place the evening of April 18th to celebrate our wonderful group of senior captains!  We are excited to announce that we will be hosting an Alumni Weekend this Spring on April 17-19th.  More details to follow, but it will be an exciting weekend with matches including against perennial powerhouses Emory and Bowdoin that weekend. Please RSVP if you will be able to join us!

Let’s go Midd!

The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coaching Staff

Monday, January 20, 2020

Middlebury Tennis Enters It’s 100th Season of Competition in 2020

Happy 2020 to our Middlebury Tennis family! We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and also share with you our excitement for the upcoming Spring tennis season. As Middlebury College’s first men’s tennis program competed in 1920, this Spring will mark the 100th season of competition. Middlebury Tennis competed in only a single match in 1920 and posted a final record of 0 wins and 1 loss. Things sure have changed drastically through the decades, but it is fun to have a sense of being connected to where our program began. To see the team record during the past 99 season, click here.

Returners from Study Abroad
As a coaching staff, we consistently have to pinch ourselves for the privilege we have in being able to work with another wonderful group of young men this year. The Fall was incredibly fun and productive, but we are especially thrilled to have our full team in force on campus now with the return of Nate Eazor and Thorne Gregory from their experiences studying in Australia and Spain. We love the enthusiasm and passion they both will add to our already sizzling team culture!

Nate and Elaine (Mom) in Australia!

Thorne and friends traveling in Europe!

After making their respective journeys back to campus in the new year, there is always a sense of excitement that fills the air about J-Term. Being able to focus on only one class for a month, often taking a fun Physical Education class (e.g., Bob is teaching Pickleball this J-Term), and beginning to gear up for the Spring season ahead is a wonderful combination. Our senior captains, Weston Brach, Aleks Samets, and Alex Vanezis are an incredibly organized group (guaranteed three future leaders wherever their paths take them after college), have done an amazing job galvanizing our group and facilitating the on and off court preparation that needs to be completed for us to hit the ground running in February when official team practices begin again.

End of Fall and Pre-Season Rankings
The team pre-season rankings for the 2020 season were just recently released by the ITA and the Panthers have been recognized as the #3 team in the nation and #1 in the northeast. It is certainly fun to begin the season at these heights, but we know that every year it takes a new effort and that we will have the opportunity to challenge ourselves against many strong opponents throughout the season. As always, we do not put too much stock in the numbers, but rather aim toward building a championship program that sets its sights high. We strive to explore our mastery of the game of tennis and are not shy in setting our goal at trying to be the #1 team in the nation when it is all said and done. We look forward to the fun and challenging journey ahead this season!

Individually, we have three players who earned spots in the top 50 national ranking list with Stanley Morris at #2, Robby Ward at #43, and Alex Vanezis at #44. So fun to have multiple guys earn this amazing honor! These same players three players are currently ranked in the top 10 in the Northeast region at #2, #9, and #10 respectively. Great to see the depth of our program being recognized in this way.

Two thirds of our freshman class is all smiles
and making good use of our college's own ski hill!

2020 Schedule
We also wanted to share with you our finalized schedule for the spring. As a reminder, all times are listed in EST. We have a fun and challenging schedule planned, with many matches that will allow us to test ourselves against some of the toughest competition in DIII, as well as some challenging matches against non-DIII opponents as well.

As always, our match schedule picks up steam on our spring break trip when we will be returning to Claremont, CA. Taco Man here we come!

Spring-Break Fundraising
Among our highest priorities for creating a rich and meaningful Middlebury College Tennis experience for our players is ensuring a successful Spring Break trip each year. This critical time is an event where the travel strengthens our bonds and camaraderie, and acts as a catalyst for our journey to compete for a national championship by testing ourselves against high level competition throughout the week. We would not be able to make this trip happen for each and every one of our team members, without the generous help and support of our Middlebury Tennis friends and family. 

Please click the following link to donate and contribute to our spring break fundraising.

Thanks for reading along and stay tuned for more blog updates soon!

Go Midd!

The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coaching Staff