Monday, March 12, 2018

Panthers Beat Bates and Babson (2-0)

It was a great opening doubleheader for the Panthers as we defeated Bates 7-2 and Babson 9-0. Making the victories even more impressive, both wins came without two of our strongest competitors Noah Farrell and Will de Quant, who we look forward to hopefully having back with us this coming weekend.

Will de Quant '18 demonstrating his leadership by coaching
 #3 doubles Nate Eazor '21 and Weston Brach '20.

Match Highlights

Collectively, we were 8-0 in doubles and 13-3 in singles. All four of our freshmen recorded their first college victories. Nate Eazor led the way with 4 wins on the day in singles and doubles, including an efficient 6-3, 6-1 victory at the #5 singles position. Thorne Gregory partnered well with Cole Sutton to win 8-5 at #4 doubles versus Babson.  Adam Guo notched three victories on the day, two singles and one doubles, winning 6-0, 6-1 against Babson at line 5. Winning two singles matches, Andre Xiao demonstrated his resilience in his 6-7(1), 6-1, 1-0(3) comeback win against Bates at #6 singles. The coaching staff is incredibly excited to see the early success of our youngest Panther players, but is even more thrilled with their leadership potential. Our team will be in good hands for years to come!

Adam Guo '21 serving, with Aleks Samets '20 ready to pounce.
The Panther veterans also demonstrated their prowess throughout the day.  Lubo Cuba and Kyle Schlanger went 2-0 in doubles and 1-0 in singles, and won a hard fought 9-7 victory over a very talented Bates #1 doubles tandem in Ben Rosen and Jacob Kauppila. Timo Van der Geest and Peter Martin picked up right where they left off last season notching two solid doubles victories with their aggressive and punishing game styles. Timo responded brilliantly after a tough 7-6 in the third loss against Bates at #3 singles by winning 6-0, 6-0 at line 1 against Babson. Weston Brach partnered well with Nate Eazor as they held down the #3 doubles position in both matches with two solid victories.  Weston also went 1-1 in singles on the day. Aleks Samets went 2-0, winning a doubles match line 4 versus Bates and a singles match against Babson at line 8 versus Babson.  Cole Sutton, not only managing the Middlebury Twitter feed during the matches, also paired with Thorne Gregory to defeat Babson at #4 doubles. Alex Vanezis went 1-1 on the day, and like Timo, improved his play rapidly after a tough morning match to play some great tennis against Babson at line 2. 

Kyle Schlanger '18 at #1 doubles getting
ready to rip a return with Lubo Cuba '19.
Weston '20 preparing for an explosive move at the net!
As always, we enjoyed phenomenal support from our Middlebury families including the Brachs (thank you Joanna for supplying the wonderful photos for this blog post!) and Cubas (thank you for all the amazing snacks for the boys!) who came out to cheer us on! 

This coming weekend we hit the road to play Colby (at Dartmouth) on Friday at 5pm. On Saturday, we take on MIT at 10am and Brandeis at 4pm (at the Natick Racquet Club).   

Go Midd!

The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coach Staff

Monday, January 29, 2018

Nearing Feb Break and the Start of the Spring Season!

Scores from other programs around the country are starting to roll in. Due to our NESCAC constraints, we are still in our off-season period. This delayed start only provides us with additional motivation for our current training. Moreover, we definitely feel that the “off-season” should be renamed “investment-season.” Even without direct coaching guidance, our group continues to put in a tremendous amount of effort on the courts and in the gym. We know that Investing this work into each players’ respective development will not only benefit each guy this season, but in the years to come as well.

One unique experience our team, and entire Middlebury athletic department, benefitted from this January was a visit from one of the world’s most coveted sports psychologists, Dr. Jerry Lynch. Having been a part of 37 NCAA national championship teams as well as having ongoing consultancies with legendary NBA coaches such as Steve Kerr and Phil Jackson. Getting exposed to Jerry’s mindset and philosophies surrounding building a championship culture primed our group to delve into ourselves and to consider what we can do on a daily basis to give to our team and to better ourselves. We believe that focusing on this process and bolstering our mental training alongside of our physical training will provide the best preparation for achieving our ultimate goals. If you are curious and want to learn more about Jerry, please check out his webpage at

Most importantly, we also wanted to share with you our finalized schedule for the spring ( We have a great schedule planned with many opportunities to test ourselves against some of the toughest competition around the country. Matches start to heat up in March. Toward the end of March, our spring break trip in Claremont, CA allows us to schedule not only high-level DIII opponents, but also matches against other divisions as well. Azusa Pacific for example, tends to have many ex-professional ATP players toward the top of their lineup.  Additionally, we hope to be visiting Claremont again in May as they are hosting the elite eight and beyond of the NCAA championships there. We will of course compete against many of our top-level NESCACs rivals during April, which will ensure that our team is battle tested prior to post-season play.

 A ferocious and precocious group of freshmen joining our roster with their official roster photos!

Regular Season Schedule Highlights:

3/17                 10am               MIT                                         Boston, MA

3/24                 2:30pm            Azusa Pacific Univ                 Azusa, CA

3/27                 4pm                 Pomona-Pitzer College            Claremont, CA

3/31                 10am               CMS                                       Claremont, CA

4/7                   10am               Williams College                     Williamstown, MA

4/8                   1pm                 Tufts University                      Medford, MA

4/14                 1pm                 Bowdoin College                    Middlebury, VT

4/21                 3:30pm            Emory University                    Hartford, CT

4/22                 1pm                 Wesleyan College                    Middletown, CT

4/29                 1pm                 Amherst College                     Middlebury, VT

Potential Postseason Schedule:

5/4-6                All Day           NESCAC Championships      Williamstown, MA
5/11-13            All Day           NCAA 1st-3rd rounds              TBD

5/21-26            All Day           NCAA Championships           Claremont, CA

We look forward to seeing you at any matches you might be able to attend and love that you are cheering us on in person or from wherever you are. As always, we want to thank you for your support of Middlebury Tennis!

Go Midd!

The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coach Staff

Sunday, January 7, 2018

J-Term 2018

Happy 2018 to our Middlebury Tennis family! We want to begin this blog post by wishing everyone a Happy New Year filled with joy and excitement. We feel so fortunate to be able to work with our current group of fourteen players (welcome back Cole Sutton after a semester abroad in Spain!), and the coaching staff has been anxiously anticipating being able to reunite with our squad.

From left to right: Xiao, Guo, Samets, Vanezis, and Geest

Returning to campus after the winter holiday for J-Term, there is a tangible feeling of excitement as the spring season draws near. Since completing fall competition, the Panthers have not blinked, training hard throughout the off-season. Beating up on each other in practice matches allows our guys to remain sharp and battle tested. The senior captains, Will de Quant, Kyle Schlanger, and Timo Van der Geest, have been efficiently organizing the training regimen on and off the court for the team and have made it clear that the Panthers are focused on leaving no stones unturned in regard to our preparation. The coaching staff is extremely appreciative of our team’s leadership from both the upper and lower classmen, and feel confident that the players will continue their momentum into J-term leading up to our first official practices which begin on February, 15th.
The coaching staff is also staying busy this off-season and one fun and exciting event on February, 10th is that Coach Thomson will be getting married in Arizona! 

Assistant Coach AT and Weston Brach

Echoing our excitement for this season, the ever popular DIII tennis blog recently released their season preview of our team. We fully agree that we have a talented team this year with the potential for big achievement, but know that we will need to stay grounded and focused on putting in the necessary work to give ourselves the best chance of making a deep run at NCAAs. The coaching staff would like to clarify that we are not the authors of this blog, but certainly appreciate their complimentary views of our program. Check out their full season preview of the Panthers here:

As they call him in the Division III tennis blog: Occum's Eazor!

Stay tuned for more updates.  Hope everyone in the northeast is staying warm during the recent winter freeze!

Go Midd!

The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coach Staff