The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently released its list of Division III All-Americans and a pair of Middlebury men were recognized by the organization. Included were Middlebury sophomore Lubomir Cuba (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) and junior William de Quant (Monaco, France), who earned the laurels in both singles and as a doubles team.
Cuba picks up his initial All-American nod in both singles and doubles after becoming the first player in the program's history to win the NCAA Tournament singles title. He followed that a few hours later by claiming the NCAA Tournament doubles crown with de Quant, the first Middlebury duo to earn that title. Back in May, Cuba was honored as the NESCAC Player of the Year, becoming the eighth Panther to be chosen as the league's Player of the Year and just the fourth sophomore. He 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. Cuba finished his sophomore season with a record of 29-4 overall, ending the year as the nation's top-ranked player.
In the second slot in the lineup for the Panthers, de Quant earned his first All-American award just weeks after picking up his initial all-conference laurel with a first-team nod in both singles and doubles. The third-year Panther was second on the team with 27 wins this spring (27-9) and a 19-5 mark in dual matches. He also competed in the NCAA Singles Tournament, losing during the opening round in three sets. The ITA Northeast region's sixth-ranked individual and nation's 17th-ranked player has a career singles mark of 73-20 entering his senior season.
Cuba and de Quant, 2017 First-Team All-NESCAC doubles honorees, finished the season with a 24-6 record as a tandem and a 16-4 mark in dual matches. The tandem won 13 of its final 14 matches to conclude the season, including rattling off four-straight victories en route to the program's first NCAA Doubles title. The All-American nod in doubles was the first for both players as the Panther team enters next season as the top-ranked pair in both the region and the nation.
As a team, Middlebury finished with a 21-4 overall record, marking the fifth-straight season the program eclipsed the 20-win plateau. The team squared off with 15 opponents who were ranked in the top 25 this season. The Panthers advanced to the NCAA Tournament semifinal for the fourth-straight season following its regional title at home on the Proctor Tennis Courts. Middlebury grabbed the No. 3 final national ranking and top slot in the region.