Following a solid year on the courts, all 11 members of the Middlebury College men's tennis team were lauded as Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athletes when the organization announced its academic awards. With a cumulative grade point average of 3.79 for the 2016-17 season, the program also earned a 2017 ITA All-Academic Team Award for their hard work in the classroom.
Receiving individual accolades from the class of 2017 who were recognized for their academic work included Hamid Derbani (Casablanca, Morocco) and Allen Jackson (Charlotte, N.C.). Rising seniors William de Quant (Monaco, France), Kyle Schlanger (Summerfield, N.C.) and Timo van der Geest (Oegstgeest, Netherlands) along with rising juniors Lubomir Cuba (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Peter Martin (Orinda, Calif.) and Cole Sutton (Baltimore, Md.) were also applauded for their academic work. Rising sophomores Weston Brach (Dover, Mass.), Aleksandr Samets (Ocean Township, N.J.) and Alex Vanezis (Frankfurt, Germany) round out the individual honorees for Middlebury.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). Scholar-Athlete status is awarded to those that have completed at least two collegiate semesters and maintained a GPA of at least 3.5 during the academic year.
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.