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: http://www.division3tennis.com/2018-season-preview-3-middlebury/
|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!