Thursday, September 21, 2017

First Up, The Middlebury Invitational: Preparing for Fall Tournament Season

Middlebury fall tennis season is in full swing! We are fast approaching four weekends in a row of tournament action! Getting some additional press, the Middlebury College newspaper recently released a fantastic article about Will de Quant and Lubomir Cuba, detailing their individual national championships as well as providing insight into the engaging personalities of these two team leaders.  Please click this link to check out the article:

Over the past two weeks, the team has been hard at work shaking off any rusty aspects of our games leftover from the summer break. On the courts we have been attempting to use a balanced approach to establish good habits in the basic aspects of our stroke production, challenging our skills in competitive games, and then last weekend competing in an intrasquad Blue/White match where the coaches were pleased to see the Panthers sharpening their competitive edges. We will need to bring everything we have this coming weekend as all thirteen members of the Panther squad (aside from Cole Sutton who is currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain) will compete in the Middlebury Invitational this Saturday and Sunday (9/23 and 9/24). Match play begins at 9am on both days for anyone who is interested in coming out to support. If you are following along from afar, results will be updated here: Middlebury Invitation will be a fun event that will hopefully prepare our squad for the ITA Regional that we are  hosting right here in Middlebury the very next weekend (9/29, 9/30, and 10/1). 

As can be seen below, the Middlebury Panthers have dominated their own invitational since results have been archived dating back to 2002.  The current panther squad will look to expand on the illustrious history created by some phenomenal Midd tennis beasts!

Nate Edmunds ('06) was an A Flight Singles Champion in 2002 and 2004
and an A Flight Doubles Champion in 2002, 2004, and 2005

Brian Waldron ('06) was an A Flight Singles Champion in 2003, 2004, and 2005
and an A Flight Doubles Champion in 2004 and 2005

A Brief History of the Middlebury Invitational A Flight
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)

Teddy Fitzgibbons ('14) was an A Flight Singles Champion in 2013.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more blog updates as the results from our fall events start rolling in.  We truly appreciate the Midd Tennis Almuni and Family Network support! 

Go Midd!

- The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coach Staff

Friday, September 1, 2017

Gearing Up for the 2017-18 Season

Middlebury fall tennis season has almost arrived! The coaching staff has been busy this off-season with recruiting activities, but more recently enjoyed setting up a US Open Alumni event where we connected with many former Middlebury Tennis studs including Christopher Mason, Peter Odell, Andrew Lebovitz, Brantner Jones, Peter Heidrich, Jeronimo Reifkohl, and Palmer Campbell.

                          Peter Odell ('10) mashing a FH.       Chris Mason ('10) chilling.

As we approach the start of the 2017-18 season, there are many updates and announcements that we are excited to share. The panthers men’s tennis program is coming off a very strong run last season where we made our 4th straight final four appearance and won our first individual NCAA championships with Lubomir Cuba winning the singles title and William de Quant and Lubomir Cuba winning the doubles title. 

Will and Lubo after their doubles victory!

We are look forward to building on last year’s momentum and our certainly setting our aim on taking it all the way to the house this season. 

Team photo of the 2016-17 squad

The balanced panthers roster for the 2017-18 season includes 3 seniors, 4 juniors, 3 sophomores, and 4 freshmen. Head Coach Bob Hansen is entering his 7th season with the Panthers and Assistant Coach Andrew Thomson (class of 2010) is entering his first season as a coach at Midd. The coaching staff is looking forward to kicking off the fall season with our first practice on September 7th. We look forward to posting updates on our blog throughout this season and cannot wait to get the ball rolling. Below we have left you with some key information such as our updated team roster, notable statistics, and our 2017 fall schedule.

2017-18 Team Roster
Seniors: Timo van der Geest, Kyle Schlanger, and William de Quant
Juniors: Lubomir Cuba, Noah Farrell, Peter Martin, and Cole Sutton
Sophomores: Alex Vanezis, Weston Brach, and Aleksandr Samets
Freshmen: Andre Xiao, Nate Eazor, Adam Guo, and Thorne Gregory
Coaching Staff: Head Coach Bob Hansen and Assistant Coach Andrew Thomson

Notable Statistics
·        The Men’s tennis team maintained an average GPA of 3.79 for the 2016-17 school year, with everyone on the roster posting a GPA above 3.5.  
      With a high rank of 39 on, Andre Xiao represents the best-ranked incoming freshman the in history of the Middlebury tennis program.
·     Most likely a DIII record, freshman Nate Eazor enters college already having earned 20 ATP doubles points.

2017 Fall Schedule
Date                Time                           School                                                Location
9/23,24            All Day                       Middlebury Invitational         Middlebury, VT
9/29,30,10/1    All Day                       ITA Regionals                         Middlebury, VT
10/6,7,8           All Day                       Farnsworth Tournament         Princeton, NJ
10/13,14,15     All Day                       MIT Invitational                     Boston, MA

- The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coach Staff

Thursday, May 4, 2017

And on to the NESCAC Tournament…

Midd vs Amherst @Indoor Facility

Panther Family,

Last Saturday the boys of top-ranked Middlebury College concluded their regular season with a fantastic win against #8 Amherst College. Before I get into details of this upcoming weekend NESCAC Conference Tournament, I would like to do a quick recap of our match against the Mammoths.

It was our last match of the season, and one with a lot of implications going into NESCAC’S. Arriving Saturday evening we were able to get in a short hit at the Amherst facility, a quick meal, and good night’s sleep. Sunday as we began our afternoon warm up the rain clouds assembled. Ten minutes of abrupt downpour and we were off to a 4-court indoor facility to play our match. Warmup was short, but as we gathered in our circle the tone was set to do what we had came there to do. With an 8-4 loss at #3 doubles Amherst took at early 1-0 lead. Peter/Timo were down an early break, broke back to get on serve 4-4, but were not able to hold on as Amherst pulled away. At #2 Hamid/Kyle put together a fantastic 8-4 match, evening the team score 1-1. Kyle returned amazing and Hamid closed huge as they put together one of their better matches of the season. Last on in doubles was #1 Lubo/Will who went up an early break against the Amherst #1 team. Amherst put together some amazing tennis to break back, and after a huge hold with Will serving we were on to a tie-breaker. Going down 0-4 in the breaker things weren’t looking good for the Panthers. Will made a great return to make it 1-4, and followed it up with two fantastic serves pushing the Midd team to a score of 3-4. 3-4 turned to 4-4, to 5-4, 6-4, and finally 7-4 to clinch the last doubles point. It was an amazing demonstration of resiliency from Lubo and Will as we went into singles up 2-1.

Lubo and Will go from 0-4 to 7-4 during #1 Doubs Breaker

In singles both Lubo and Will continued with their effort notching straight set victories to put the Panthers up 4-1. Both Lubo and Will have had fantastic results all season, making it very clear how tough they are in their respective spots against every team they face. Kyle, who has only lost a handful matches this season, went down in three sets to a tough Amherst opponent at #4 singles making the score 4-2. He locked down and won five straight games to win the second set, but getting down an early break in the third he was unable to turn it around. The clinch came from from our senior Hamid Derbani at the #3 singles spot with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(5) victory. It was an absolutely courageous effort as Hamid put together one of his best results of the year when it was needed most. At #5 Timo won his match in straight sets, playing some of the most focused and disciplined tennis I have seen him play this season. At #6 Allen lost the first set and bounced back to play extremely well dominating the second. With a super-tiebreaker 8-10 loss the overall ending score on the day was 6-3 Panthers.

Meet the Player: Timo van der Geest

Hometown: Oegstgeest, the Netherlands

Year: Junior

Height: 6’0

Weight: 170

Major: Economics

Favorite tennis player growing up and why: Roger Federer, the combination of his style of playing and more than impressive results

Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor: Chocolate fudge brownie

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why: Maldives, I would love to see the coral reefs and white beaches there

Why you chose Middlebury College: I wanted to do something different than going to a Dutch University. While figuring out whether I wanted to take a gap year and travel, or study in the United States, I started talking to Bob. Learning more about the academics, college environment and tennis program, I became more and more convinced that Middlebury was the right place for me.

Favorite Middlebury tennis moment thus far: Winning the NESCAC championship last year. It was the second year in a row that we won and the atmosphere and team energy was just amazing.

Timo is in his third year here at Middlebury and simply put is an absolute boss. He was a late starter in tennis but with his determined and open attitude seems to improve on a daily basis. Whether it is practice, morning workout, weights, or addressing team culture, Timo leads this team and is respected by every member of this squad. His tennis is catching up with his work as he starts in both singles and doubles for us this year, already having notched wins over some of the best teams in the country.

Tomorrow we leave for the annual NESCAC Conference Tournament in attempt to win our third straight NESCAC Championship. We will be the #2 seed as we fight through the deepest conference tournament in the country. To stay updated with scores please follow us on twitter. We will also attempt to live stream some of our matches which you can access through twitter (fingers crossed). If you want more information on the tournament, draws, match times, etc. please go to website. For those who traveling to show their support we are so appreciative.

Thank you to everyone invested in our process as we make our final push of this already amazing 2017 season.


Middlebury Men’s Coaching Staff