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 http://www.wayofchampions.com.
Most importantly, we also wanted to share with you our finalized schedule for the spring (http://athletics.middlebury.edu/sports/mten/2017-18/schedule). 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!