Following a highly-successful regular season on the tennis courts, sophomore Lubomir Cuba (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) was selected as the NESCAC Player of the Year and grabbed first-team laurels in both singles and doubles. In addition to Cuba, teammate William de Quant (Monaco, France) was lauded for his efforts by the league, garnering first-team singles and doubles accolades. The top-ranked Panthers won an NCAA Regional last weekend on the Proctor Tennis Courts and are preparing for the NCAA Quarterfinals on Monday against Gustavus Adolphus to be played in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Cuba picks up his first all-conference nod in his initial season with the Panthers. He is the eighth Panther to be chosen as the league's Player of the Year and just the fourth sophomore. Cuba ended his fall season by winning the ITA Regional Championship and advancing to the ITA Oracle Cup Division III singles final before falling in three sets. The northeast region's top-ranked individual, he has a record of 24-2 and 14-0 in dual matches playing against the opponent's top player. Cuba is currently riding a 14-match winning streak with his two losses coming in the Panthers' season-opening tournament and the ITA Oracle Cup final.
In the second slot in the lineup for the Panthers, de Quant earns his first all-conference laurel. The third-year Panther leads Middlebury with 26 wins this year (26-7) and an 18-4 mark in dual matches. The ITA Northeast Region's sixth-ranked individual has won six of his last seven matches going into the NCAA Quarterfinals, including victories during each of last weekend's matches in the regional. He moved to the No. 1 slot for the matches on the spring trip to Texas, posting a 5-1 record in his six matches.
In the doubles lineup, Cuba and de Quant garner their initial league award. The duo has combined for a mark of 18-6 overall and 14-4 in dual matches at the top of the lineup. The ITA Northeast Region's third-ranked tandem has won seven of its last eight matches against the opponent's top tandem.