Thursday, March 21, 2019

Panthers Move to 4-0 Heading into Spring Break

The Panthers delivered two solid wins against two ranked opponents in Brandeis and RPI last weekend. Overall, it was clear that doubles play has been a source of strength for the squad early, going 6-0 over the weekend in the lineup matches and staying undefeated in exhibition play as well. With veteran Noah Farrell being converted to a “player-coach” for the weekend, it allowed our team to showcase our depth even against tough competition.

Panther Teammates Farrell '19, Sutton '19, and Gregory '21
enjoying our early Spring matches in Nelson Arena!
Match Highlights
In our match against Brandeis, we were in absolute battles on every doubles court. Number one doubles got the first point on the board with Cuba/Eazor earning an 8-6 win against a top team, followed by Samets/Xiao who pinned the next point for the Panthers hanging on for a tiebreak win 8-7(3). A fun fact for this year, tiebreakers in doubles are now being played at 7-all instead of 8-all per ITA rules designed to help team matches to be played more efficiently. In the last doubles match on, Martin/Vanezis put on quite a show coming back from 7-4 down to win 8-7(5). Both Vanezis and Martin demonstrated that the work we have been putting in toward crafting our skills around the net will pay dividends during crunch time!

Martin '19 stretches out to track a forehand return
in two-back formation with Vanezis '20 preparing
to use his speedy ways to track down the next ball.
Even with a 3-0 team lead, we still had our work cut out for us in singles against a very deep Brandeis team that was ranked #10 in the nation. Fortunately, Cuba, Guo, and Vanezis all posted straight set wins to secure the match for us. With a 6-3 team win, we gained confidence but also had the opportunity to consider all of the areas where we need to continue to put in work if we want to accomplish our ultimate aims for this season.

On Sunday, we laced up again versus RPI, who had just lost a 6-3 decision to Brandeis two days before our matchup. Knowing they would be excited to challenge us, the Panthers came ready to hit back and played some incredible tennis on the way to a 9-0 team win! The Panthers did not drop a single set. Both Stan Morris and Andre Xiao played some high-level ball, bouncing right back after losing their singles matches versus Brandeis the day before. Resilience has always been a trademark of our program and fun to see that exemplified by our young players. Special shutout to Peter Martin, typically a doubles specialist for us, who got in some singles action winning 6-0, 6-2 to the delight of his teammates and the home Panther crowd!

Becoming known as the Bash Brothers, Morris '22 and Guo '21
know how to hit big when they want to!
We again enjoyed amazing snacks and drinks last weekend supplied by our Middlebury families. Shout out to Weston and Adam’s families for spoiling our team yet again!

Full Match Recaps:
A complete description of each match can be seen at the following links:

Playing with joy is a big part of our happy Panther culture!

Middlebury Tennis Team Online Store (don’t forget to order by March 26th):
As a reminder, click the above link to be directed to the online store we have created for you to be able to order athletic apparel that is printed with the Middlebury Tennis Team logos! You can order directly to your home and we hope you enjoy the products we have selected. Let us know if you have any questions or comments for us.

Next Up: Spring Break 2019
We depart tomorrow for our spring break trip to Southern California! We have some great DIII matches lined up including battles in Claremont versus Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. In addition, we will play against top tier DI and DII programs in UC Irvine and Azusa Pacific. We are looking forward to the challenge of an action-packed week!

See our webpage for all match schedule details (times are listed in EST):

Go Midd!

The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coach Staff

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Panthers (2-0) Beat Skidmore and Hamilton To Start Season

It was a great opening doubleheader for the Panthers as we defeated both Skidmore and Hamilton 9-0. The Panthers went undefeated in our exhibition matches as well, with all fourteen players posting a win on Saturday.

Match Highlights

Collectively, we were 8-0 in doubles and 15-0 in singles without dropping a set. All three of our freshmen recorded their first college victories. Stan Morris posted two straight set singles wins at #3 singles versus Skidmore and #1 singles versus Hamilton. Not bad for his opening debut! David Vilys punched in a convincing straight set victory at #5 singles versus Hamilton. Zach Hilty rounded out his class’s fourth singles win with another solid performance by our youngest team members.

Hilty '22 posted his
first dual match win! 
Other impressive performances came from Nate Eazor and Lubomir Cuba, who posted a flawless 8-0 pro set against a solid #1 doubles Skidmore team. Andre Xiao and Aleks Samets followed suit also putting up an 8-0 win at #3 doubles versus Hamilton. In singles, Alex Vanezis won 6-0 6-0 at #3 singles versus Hamilton. We were very impressed that our guys could raise their games to the level they did this early in the season.

A crowd favorite performance, Adam Guo won a beautifully played 6-0, 6-1 victory at #5 singles versus Skidmore and was absolutely crushing the ball!

Guo '21 helped lead the Panthers
to a great start to our 2019 season. 
A complete description of Saturday’s matches can be seen here

As always, we enjoyed phenomenal support from our Middlebury families and especially want to thank Cole’s family for spoiling our team with an amazing array of snacks and drinks!

Upcoming Matches

This coming weekend we will be at Home in Nelson Arena to take on Brandeis (ranked #10 nationally) at 230pm on Saturday and RPI (ranked #26 nationally) at 230pm on Sunday. We are looking forward to taking on some great competition!

Reminder, live scoring and live streaming can be found by clicking on the links for each match on our team’s schedule page here

Middlebury Tennis Team Pop-Up Online Store (order by March 26th)
Click here to be directed to the online store we have created for you to be able to order athletic apparel that is printed with the Middlebury Tennis Team logos! You can order directly to your home and we hope you enjoy the products we have selected. Let us know if you have any questions or comments for us.

An example product that you can buy from the online store!

Go Midd!

The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coach Staff

Friday, March 8, 2019

2019 Middlebury Men's Tennis Opening Weekend Preview

The Middlebury Panthers are stoked to enter the dual match season! Today we are finalizing our preparation for two matches to be played on Saturday. First, we will take on Skidmore (Away) at 830am EST. After the completion of that match, the Panthers will return Home to the friendly confines of Nelson Arena where we will square off against Hamilton College at approximately 330pm EST (exact timing will depend on our first match of the day and our travel).

Xiao '21 primed and ready to play both singles and doubles this weekend!

Live Scoring and Live Streaming
We are very excited to bring both live scoring for away matches and both live scoring and live streaming for home matches this year! As this is our first run, please be patient with us as we work to iron out any technical challenges that might arise. That said, we are proud to say that we are one of very few college tennis programs in any division that will have a virtual score overlay on each court’s live stream, as well as an overall match scoreboard. 

This image is what our Virtual Scoreboard looks like.  See below to find out where to find the link to our scoreboard!

How Do I Find Middlebury’s Virtual Scoreboard and Links for Live Streaming?
We are so glad you asked! Please use our Middlebury Men’s Tennis Schedule/Results page ( From here, you can click on either the “Live Stats” or “Video” links for the appropriate team match. You should be redirected to our TennisTicker virtual scoreboard that will provide live scoring for all matches being played. If it is a home match, then each court that is currently being played will have a “Camera Icon” that you can click to access the video live stream for that specific court.

Pro Tip
-       PlaySight recommends using Google Chrome as the best browser for viewing the live stream.

Reminders of Upcoming Events
-       Alumni weekend on April 6th and 7th
-       Senior Night on April 13th

As always, we truly appreciate the support of everyone a part of our Middlebury Tennis Family! Hope you get a chance to check out our live scoring and live streaming!

Go Midd!

The Middlebury Men’s Tennis Coaching Staff