Four Men’s Squash Players Named to the All-NESCAC Team

L-R: Will Cembalest, Jacob Ellen, Jack Kagan and Nick Bermingham.
L-R: Will Cembalest, Jacob Ellen, Jack Kagan and Nick Bermingham.

Four member of the Middlebury men's squash team earned All-NESCAC honors when the post-season teams were announced on Thursday. Seniors Nick Bermingham (Denver, Colo.) and William Cembalest (Brooklyn, N.Y.) earned first-team honors, while seniors Jacob Ellen (New York, N.Y.) and Jack Kagan (Chapel Hill, N.C.) were named the to the second team. The group is preparing for this weekend's CSA Team Nationals where the 19th-ranked Panthers will compete in the "C" Division.

Cembalest earned second-team honors in 2019, before holding a spot on the first team in 2018. He excelled in the #2 slot this season for the Panthers, going 11-2. He opened the year with nine-consecutive victories, before winning three of his final four matches. Two of the three victories came during the NESCAC Tournament. Cembalist currently owns a 36-20 career mark.

Bermingham earns his second-straight first-team all-conference nod. Holding down the spot at the top of the ladder, the senior competed against some of the nation's top players this winter. He came on strong late in the season, winning three of his final four matches, including a pair of victories at the NESCAC Tournament. Bermingham sports a 30-29 career record heading into team nationals this weekend.

Ellen earns a spot on the All-NESCAC team for the fourth-consecutive season. He was a second-team selection in 2017 and 2018, before earning first-team honors for the past two seasons. Ellen picked up three-straight wins in the middle of the season, before taking home two wins in three matches during the NESCAC Tournament. He currently owns a 42-32 career record as a Panther.

Kagan played most of the season at #4, where he earned an 8-5 mark. He won back-to back matches on three different occasions this winter, including three straight in Maine during late January over Bates, Bowdoin and Colby. The senior also had a successful NESCAC Tournament, where he won two of three matches. Kagan is one win shy of 50 victories as he enters team nationals with a 49-33 mark.