Monday, March 12, 2018

Panthers Beat Bates and Babson (2-0)

It was a great opening doubleheader for the Panthers as we defeated Bates 7-2 and Babson 9-0. Making the victories even more impressive, both wins came without two of our strongest competitors Noah Farrell and Will de Quant, who we look forward to hopefully having back with us this coming weekend.

Will de Quant '18 demonstrating his leadership by coaching
 #3 doubles Nate Eazor '21 and Weston Brach '20.

Match Highlights

Collectively, we were 8-0 in doubles and 13-3 in singles. All four of our freshmen recorded their first college victories. Nate Eazor led the way with 4 wins on the day in singles and doubles, including an efficient 6-3, 6-1 victory at the #5 singles position. Thorne Gregory partnered well with Cole Sutton to win 8-5 at #4 doubles versus Babson.  Adam Guo notched three victories on the day, two singles and one doubles, winning 6-0, 6-1 against Babson at line 5. Winning two singles matches, Andre Xiao demonstrated his resilience in his 6-7(1), 6-1, 1-0(3) comeback win against Bates at #6 singles. The coaching staff is incredibly excited to see the early success of our youngest Panther players, but is even more thrilled with their leadership potential. Our team will be in good hands for years to come!

Adam Guo '21 serving, with Aleks Samets '20 ready to pounce.
The Panther veterans also demonstrated their prowess throughout the day.  Lubo Cuba and Kyle Schlanger went 2-0 in doubles and 1-0 in singles, and won a hard fought 9-7 victory over a very talented Bates #1 doubles tandem in Ben Rosen and Jacob Kauppila. Timo Van der Geest and Peter Martin picked up right where they left off last season notching two solid doubles victories with their aggressive and punishing game styles. Timo responded brilliantly after a tough 7-6 in the third loss against Bates at #3 singles by winning 6-0, 6-0 at line 1 against Babson. Weston Brach partnered well with Nate Eazor as they held down the #3 doubles position in both matches with two solid victories.  Weston also went 1-1 in singles on the day. Aleks Samets went 2-0, winning a doubles match line 4 versus Bates and a singles match against Babson at line 8 versus Babson.  Cole Sutton, not only managing the Middlebury Twitter feed during the matches, also paired with Thorne Gregory to defeat Babson at #4 doubles. Alex Vanezis went 1-1 on the day, and like Timo, improved his play rapidly after a tough morning match to play some great tennis against Babson at line 2. 

Kyle Schlanger '18 at #1 doubles getting
ready to rip a return with Lubo Cuba '19.
Weston '20 preparing for an explosive move at the net!
As always, we enjoyed phenomenal support from our Middlebury families including the Brachs (thank you Joanna for supplying the wonderful photos for this blog post!) and Cubas (thank you for all the amazing snacks for the boys!) who came out to cheer us on! 

This coming weekend we hit the road to play Colby (at Dartmouth) on Friday at 5pm. On Saturday, we take on MIT at 10am and Brandeis at 4pm (at the Natick Racquet Club).   

Go Midd!

The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coach Staff

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