The 2011-12 season came to an end for the Middlebury Men’s Tennis Team this past Sunday in Baltimore. After defeating Grove City College in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Middlebury lost to Johns Hopkins 5-2 in the round of 16. For a complete recap of the Hopkins vs. Midd match, visit http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports/menstennis/archive/2011-2012/news/node/362398.
Despite falling short of the performance goals set this season by the coaching staff and team, we made great strides in moving towards preparing for our long term goal of competing for a national championship on many fronts. All the challenges we faced were more than balanced by the tremendous joy we shared on our journey this season.
A couple of individuals were recognized for their accomplishments on court this year. Senior Derrick Angle was named second team All-Conference, while sophomore Brantner Jones was selected first team All-Conference. Jones was also selected as one of the top 32 players in the country and was invited to the NCAA Individual National Tournament starting next Thursday, May 24th, in Cary, North Carolina. You can follow his progress at: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/tennis-men/d3
The coaches would like to thank all of the members of this year’s squad for their hard work, courage, desire to improve and openness to the new regime. Having three head coaches in as many years was no doubt a challenge, but one that was met head on by each and every member of the team. Special thanks and best wishes to our three seniors, Derrick Angle, David Farah and Eric Vehovec.
Adam and I would also like to thank all the parents, Alumni, and boosters of Panther Tennis for all their warm welcome, support and generosity. We could not be more excited about the opportunity and look forward to the process continuing to develop this special program.