Thursday, October 11, 2018

Panthers demonstrate Division III’s strength at the Farnsworth; Next Competition the TuftsDeis Invitational in Boston


Six Panther beasts competed in Princeton this past weekend with each player getting to hone their skills across 4 doubles and 4 singles matches within the tournament’s compass draw format. Overall, the Panthers went 18-18 in total matches played indicating that our Division III level holds up just fine amongst Division I foes.

Leading the way for the Panthers, our top doubles pairing of Noah Farrell and Peter Martin went 3-1 notching wins over NJIT, Army, and Lehigh. Noah followed up their strong doubles level by also going 3-1 in singles. Peter Martin, typically a doubles specialist for the Panthers, went 2-2 in singles play.

Farrell '19 showing that DI opponents can learn from how we compete in DIII.
Andre Xiao and Aleks Samets posted two doubles victories for the Panthers over Lehigh and Hofstra, with Samets also notching a singles win versus Army. David Vilys and Adam Guo also beasted their way to victory twice in doubles over Marist and Army. Both Guo and Vilys also notched two singles wins each over Army and Marist.

The rest of the gang that did not travel to Princeton played a tournament on our home courts amongst ourselves and all signs point toward the Panthers finding a path of steady improvement. We will have to stay disciplined and focused all year long to maintain our upward trajectory if we want to play our best when it matters most at the end of the Spring season.

The boys at the Proctor courts including (from left to right)
Gregory '21, Brach '20, Morris, '22, Hilty, '22, and Eazor '21.
TuftsDeis Invitational
Our final fall tournament takes place this weekend (10/12, 10/13, and 10/14) in Boston and is hosted by both Tufts and Brandeis. It will be a stacked draw of many of the strongest DIII teams in the northeast and will be another great opportunity for the Panthers to develop their games. Special shout out to the Brachs for again hosting our annual pilgrimage to Boston. As always, we look forward to testing ourselves with another fun challenge!

Saturday, October 20th Ring Ceremony
To officially celebrate our 2018 National Championship run, our entire roster from last year is returning to campus (two recent graduates coming all the way back from Europe)! We will be honored at halftime of the homecoming 1pm football game versus Bates. We are thrilled and honored that Middlebury College President, Laurie Patton, will participate in the ring ceremony.

We will also host a reception after the football game is concluded, providing food and drinks from 445pm to 630pm in the Kenyon Arena Lounge. All Middlebury Tennis friends and family are welcome to join us. If you can make it, please RSVP by emailing us at rwhansen@middlebury.edu or athomson@middlebury.edu).

Sneak preview of our Men's and Women's Middlebury Tennis All-American History Plaque! This award will be hung up in our new team room in Nelson Arena to honor all of the men's and women's players to receive this honor!
Go Midd!

The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coaching Staff

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