Thursday, September 13, 2018

Middlebury Invitation 2018 This Weekend!

Middlebury Fall tennis season is underway! Even though we have been practicing for less than one week, the coaching staff has been pleasantly surprised at the level of focus and work our group has been able to put in. With the Middlebury Invitational starting on Saturday, everyone is feeling excited for our first competition of the year. It is always particularly enjoyable to see our freshmen compete in Panther gear for the first time!

As we start our first competition of the year, we remind ourselves that joy is
a critical ingredient of the Middlebury Tennis journey from start to finish!

Freshman Spotlight: Get To Know Freshmen Zach Hilty
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, California
Siblings: One older sister
Favorite Food: Spaghetti with Meatballs
Favorite Hobby Outside of Tennis: Mountain Biking
Pets: A one-year old golden retriever named Rafa and three cats named Lucy, Leo, and Susie
Favorite Pro Tennis Player: Rafael Nadal
Best Part About Being Left-Handed: Confuses Opponents
Favorite Thing About Middlebury College So Far: The people here are open-minded and willing to learn new stuff

Zach Hilty '21 (left) with Stan Morris '21
repping some new Midd gear!
Match play begins at 9am on both Saturday and Sunday for anyone interested in coming out to support. If you are following along from afar, results will be updated here each day:

Our entire roster will be competing this weekend, with the exception of Junior Alex Vanezis, who is currently studying abroad in Japan!

To add to our preparation, please see below an updated history of the Middlebury A Flight singles and doubles. Of note, both Farrell and Cuba will be competing again in the A flight to see if they can etch their names another time on this prestigious list!

A Brief History of the Middlebury Invitational A Flight Since 2002
Singles Winner
Singles Finalist
Doubles Winners
Edmunds (Midd)
Burke (Bow)
Hulce/Beilin (Midd) co-champs
Waldron (Midd)
Edmunds (Midd)
Brown/Ingoglia (Midd)
Waldron/Mayer (Midd)
Edmunds/Waldron Beilin/Scott (Midd) co-champs
Edmunds/Waldron (Midd)
Beilin/Waldron (Midd) co-champs
Alex Scott (Midd)
Marsden (Trin)
Marinkovic/Olson Scott/Mayer (Midd) co-champs
Gates (Bow)
Stein (Bates)
Marinkovic/Thomson (Midd)
Sullivan (Bow)
Stein (Bates)
Brown/Chin (Colby)
Thomson (Midd)
Pena (Bow)
Rupasinghe/Bettles (Bates)
Peters (Midd)
Bonfiglio (Trin)
Rifkin/Newton (Ith)
Parower (Midd)
Jones (Midd)
Jones/Lebovitz (Midd)
Cramptom (Bates)
Bettles (Bates)
Crampton/Bettles (Bates)
Fitzgibbons (Midd)
Glickman (Tufts)
Mountifield/Smolyar (Midd)
Smolyar (Midd)
Farrell (Midd)
Planche/Ellis (Bates)
Farrell (Midd)
Granoff (Brandeis)
Grimes/Uyeno (RPI)
Farrell (Midd)
Leung (Skidmore)
Derbani/Schlanger (Midd)
Cuba (Midd)
Rosen (Bates)
Schlanger/van der Geest (Midd)

Also, we wanted to share that we have finalized the date of our Ring Ceremony which will take place on October 20th at the halftime of the homecoming Panther football game (vs Bates)! We do still have a handful of 2018 Championship t-shirts left ($15 each). If you would like to order any, please email us and we will send them out to you. 

Go Midd!

- The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coach Staff

Friday, August 31, 2018

Fall Leaves Beginning to Turn, Setting Stage for our Upcoming Fall Season!

With the summer heat starting to wind down, the coaching staff has been working hard to prepare for the arrival of this year’s Panther squad. As a coaching staff, we have been busy with many fun activities including recruiting and organizing some upcoming events to celebrate our championship run last season. Stay tuned as we finalize details for our ring ceremony (likely date of October 20th / football homecoming game) and an alumni event we will host in the Spring. 

Also, we just got in our first order of Championship t-shirts. If you would like to receive a shirt, please email us your size (S, M, L, or XL) and a mailing address (cost = $15).

With the start of the 2018-19 season inching nearer, the coaching staff is looking forward to building on our success from last season and have set our sights on putting ourselves in the hunt for another national title this season. Winning the NCAA Team and Doubles titles was beyond fun, and has certainly affirmed that our culture is in a good place. Of course, we need to remain cautious of being overconfident and complacent and we will be determined to avoid these potential pitfalls this year. At least two things are certain: it will not be easy to try to repeat as national champions, but it will be an incredibly fun journey to put ourselves to the test and to see how far we can go. Even though we will miss the leadership and talents of our three seniors from last year, we are returning a very strong core and have added three freshmen with an abundance of potential to the mix.

The Panther roster for the 2018-19 season is comprised of 4 seniors, 3 juniors, 4 sophomores, and 3 freshmen. Head Coach Bob Hansen is entering his 8th season with the Panthers and Assistant Coach Andrew Thomson for his second season as a coach at Midd. Our first practice is on September 7th, and we cannot wait to get started! We look forward to posting updates on our blog throughout this season and really appreciate everyone who is following along and supporting us. Take a look below to see our updated team roster, notable statistics, and our 2018 Fall tournament schedule.

2018-19 Team Roster
Seniors: Lubomir Cuba, Noah Farrell, Peter Martin, and Cole Sutton
Juniors: Weston Brach, Aleksandr Samets, and Alex Vanezis
Sophomores: Nate Eazor, Thorne Gregory, Adam Guo, and Andre Xiao
Freshman: Zach Hilty, Stan Morris, and David Vilys
Coaching Staff: Head Coach Bob Hansen and Assistant Coach Andrew Thomson

Notable Statistics
·      The men’s tennis team maintained an average GPA of 3.64 for the 2017-18 school year, and continues to excel in the classroom.
·      The 2017-18 Panther squad set a Middlebury tennis record by posting 25 total wins last season.
·      Senior Lubomir Cuba returns for his senior season having set a Middlebury tennis record earing his third individual national championship last season, having won the NCAA individual singles title once and the doubles twice.

The Panthers have taken good care of our new trophy!

2018 Fall Schedule
Date                Time                           School                                     Location
9/15,16            All Day                       Middlebury Invitational          Middlebury, VT
9/28,29,30       All Day                       ITA Regionals                         Middlebury, VT
10/5,6,7           All Day                       Farnsworth Tournament          Princeton, NJ
10/12,13,14     All Day                       Tufts-Deis Invitational            Boston, MA

Go Midd!
- The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coach Staff