Friday, August 31, 2018

Fall Leaves Beginning to Turn, Setting Stage for our Upcoming Fall Season!

With the summer heat starting to wind down, the coaching staff has been working hard to prepare for the arrival of this year’s Panther squad. As a coaching staff, we have been busy with many fun activities including recruiting and organizing some upcoming events to celebrate our championship run last season. Stay tuned as we finalize details for our ring ceremony (likely date of October 20th / football homecoming game) and an alumni event we will host in the Spring. 

Also, we just got in our first order of Championship t-shirts. If you would like to receive a shirt, please email us your size (S, M, L, or XL) and a mailing address (cost = $15).

With the start of the 2018-19 season inching nearer, the coaching staff is looking forward to building on our success from last season and have set our sights on putting ourselves in the hunt for another national title this season. Winning the NCAA Team and Doubles titles was beyond fun, and has certainly affirmed that our culture is in a good place. Of course, we need to remain cautious of being overconfident and complacent and we will be determined to avoid these potential pitfalls this year. At least two things are certain: it will not be easy to try to repeat as national champions, but it will be an incredibly fun journey to put ourselves to the test and to see how far we can go. Even though we will miss the leadership and talents of our three seniors from last year, we are returning a very strong core and have added three freshmen with an abundance of potential to the mix.

The Panther roster for the 2018-19 season is comprised of 4 seniors, 3 juniors, 4 sophomores, and 3 freshmen. Head Coach Bob Hansen is entering his 8th season with the Panthers and Assistant Coach Andrew Thomson for his second season as a coach at Midd. Our first practice is on September 7th, and we cannot wait to get started! We look forward to posting updates on our blog throughout this season and really appreciate everyone who is following along and supporting us. Take a look below to see our updated team roster, notable statistics, and our 2018 Fall tournament schedule.

2018-19 Team Roster
Seniors: Lubomir Cuba, Noah Farrell, Peter Martin, and Cole Sutton
Juniors: Weston Brach, Aleksandr Samets, and Alex Vanezis
Sophomores: Nate Eazor, Thorne Gregory, Adam Guo, and Andre Xiao
Freshman: Zach Hilty, Stan Morris, and David Vilys
Coaching Staff: Head Coach Bob Hansen and Assistant Coach Andrew Thomson

Notable Statistics
·      The men’s tennis team maintained an average GPA of 3.64 for the 2017-18 school year, and continues to excel in the classroom.
·      The 2017-18 Panther squad set a Middlebury tennis record by posting 25 total wins last season.
·      Senior Lubomir Cuba returns for his senior season having set a Middlebury tennis record earing his third individual national championship last season, having won the NCAA individual singles title once and the doubles twice.

The Panthers have taken good care of our new trophy!

2018 Fall Schedule
Date                Time                           School                                     Location
9/15,16            All Day                       Middlebury Invitational          Middlebury, VT
9/28,29,30       All Day                       ITA Regionals                         Middlebury, VT
10/5,6,7           All Day                       Farnsworth Tournament          Princeton, NJ
10/12,13,14     All Day                       Tufts-Deis Invitational            Boston, MA

Go Midd!
- The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coach Staff