Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Panthers at 11-3 With Three Upcoming Home Matches This Weekend

Another weekend goes by with some incredible competing by the Panther squad. On Saturday, we lost a 4-5 decision to Williams, but bounced back on Sunday with a 6-3 victory over Tufts. Both matches displayed a lot of heart from our group and served as two more competitions that will hone our competitive fire moving forward.

Cheering on the boys! 
The Williams match started off with three tightly contested doubles matches, but unfortunately Williams played better than we did toward the end of each proset giving them a 3-0 lead and all the momentum heading into singles play. Starting in a big hole, the Panthers definitely made a match of it. Will de Quant put us on the board with an incredibly tight and solid performance winning by a score of 6-2, 6-3. In his first singles match back post injury, Noah Farrell put on a gutsy display of competitiveness and battled back after losing a first set 6-0, to win the second and third sets both 6-3. His warrior mentality served as an exemplary form of competitiveness that is at the core of our Middlebury Tennis culture. Both Lubomir Cuba and Kyle Schlanger lost incredibly close three-set matches. Two more highlights for the Panthers came at the #5 and #6 singles positions where Andre Xiao won in straight sets and Timo van der Geest won in a third-set match tiebreak displaying the depth of our singles prowess! Thank you to Williams for a fun and challenging match and we certainly want to give them credit for playing and competing so well. We look forward to hopefully seeing them again at NESCACs.

The seniors and their coaches! Enjoying every minute!
Loading the vans after another amazing stay at the Brachs! 
Of course, losing a match 4-5 against a tough opponent is incredibly disappointing especially after pouring our hearts into the battle. However, the Panthers displayed their toughness by bouncing back to beat a feisty Tufts team on their home surface. Starting off with improved doubles play, the Panthers took a 2-1 lead into singles behind victories from Cuba/Schalnger (8-6) at #1 doubles and de Quant/Farrell (8-1) at #2 doubles.  In singles, Lubomir Cuba and Kyle Schlanger both notched straight set victories.  As Farrell and de Quant dropped straight set matches, Middlebury had a 4-3 match lead with #5 and #6 singles just getting started. Nate Eazor and Andre Xiao, two freshmen who seem to be rapidly developing before our eyes, displayed some awesome toughness and passion both winning three-set matches and clinching a 6-3 decision for Middlebury.

Coach Bob Hansen guiding Andre Xiao to victory!
An additional shout out goes to two very special alumni who came out to support us at the Tufts match in Kevin Bergesen ‘07 and Derrick Angle ’12. Both players had incredible playing careers at Middlebury and it was a special treat to have them watching on Sunday!

Our fun fact for today’s blog post is about Mr. Bergesen, aka Bergy during his playing days. One of the most clutch players in Middlebury Tennis history, Kevin Bergesen was undefeated at the NCAA tournament throughout his collegiate career in both singles and doubles. What a beast!

We are look forward to pounding the pavement this week preparing for three though matches this weekend. 

Weekend Schedule:
4/14                 2pm                 Bowdoin College                    Middlebury, VT

4/15                 10am               Colby-Sawyer                         Middlebury, VT

4/15                 230pm             Skidmore                                 Middlebury, VT
As always, we want to thank you for your support of Middlebury Tennis!

Go Midd!

The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coach Staff

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