Following a solid year on the courts, 11 members of the NCAA Champion 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 3.62 for the 2017-18 season, the program also earned a 2018 ITA All-Academic Team Award for their hard work in the classroom.
Receiving individual accolades from the class of 2018 who were recognized for their academic work included William de Quant (Monaco, France), Kyle Schlanger (Summerfield, N.C.) and Timo van der Geest (Oegstgeest, Netherlands). Rising seniors Lubomir Cuba (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) and Cole Sutton (Baltimore, Md.) along with rising juniors Weston Brach (Dover, Mass.) and Aleksandr Samets (Ocean Township, N.J.) were also applauded for their academic work. Rising sophomores Nate Eazor (Dallas, Texas), Thorne Gregory (Darien, Conn.), Adam Guo (Redmond, Wash.) and Andre Xiao (Fremont, Calif.) 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 on the courts, the Panthers earned the third NCAA title in the program's history, joining the 2004 and 2010 squads. Middlebury finished with a 25-4 overall record, setting a single-season record in wins (25) and marking the sixth-straight season the program has eclipsed the 20-win plateau. The team squared off with 16 opponents who were ranked in the top 25 this season. Middlebury grabbed the No. 1 final national ranking and top slot in the region.