Mark Lewis has been named head coach of the Middlebury men’s and women’s squash programs. Lewis comes to Middlebury from the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, where he has served as head coach for the past six seasons. A 1993 graduate of Trinity College, Lewis is just the fifth coach for the women’s program since 1976 and the third for the men since it became a varsity program in 2007.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its 2014-15 Winter All-Academic Selections. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution. The following are Middlebury’s 103 representatives, the second-highest total in the league.
Middlebury women’s squash players Charlotte Dewey and Saskia Pownall-Gray participated in the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships hosted by Princeton University at the Jadwin Squash Courts. Dewey and Pownall-Gray were two of 48 players who looked to claim the title in the Holleran Cup bracket.
A pair of players from the Middlebury College women's squash team have been named to the 2015 NESCAC All-Conference teams. Junior Saskia Pownall-Gray (Weston, Conn.) was a first team selection, while senior captain Anne Wymard (Radnor, Pa.) landed a spot on the second team. Middlebury concluded the season with a team record of 16-7, finished third at the NESCAC Championship and advanced to the consolation final in the Kurtz Cup.
The Middlebury women's squash team, the #5 seed in the Kurtz Cup (B Division), posted a 1-1 mark during the CSA Team Championships hosted by Harvard. The Panthers, ranked 13th nationally, battled 12th-ranked Williams in a quarterfinal match on Friday before falling by a 7-2 score. In the back draw Saturday, the Panthers defeated 16th-ranked Bates by a 7-2 tally. With the impending winter storm set to hit the area, Sunday's consolation final match against 15th-ranked Drexel was cancelled. Middlebury concludes its season with an overall record of 16-7.
The Middlebury women's squash team has earned the #13 seed in the Kurtz Cup (B Division) for the upcoming Team Nationals this weekend hosted by Harvard. The Panthers, ranked 13th nationally, will battle 12th-ranked Williams in a quarterfinal match on Friday, February 13 at 12:00 p.m.
The Middlebury women's squash team, seeded third and ranked 13th, finished in third place overall with a 7-2 victory over fourth-seeded and 18th-ranked Bates in the NESCAC Tournament at Williams. With the win, the Panthers improved to 15-6 and will return to action at the CSA Team Championships taking place next Friday through Sunday and will be hosted by Harvard.
The 13th-ranked Panther women's squash team advanced into the semifinal round of the NESCAC Tournament Saturday hosted by Williams before falling to the second-seeded and 12th-ranked Ephs by a score of 6-3. Middlebury earned a bye through the first round, and posted a 9-0 victory over sixth-seeded and 18th-ranked Hamilton in the quarterfinal round. The Panthers (14-6) return to play on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the third-place match against the #4 seed and 18th-ranked Bobcats of Bates.
Local sportscaster Erin Cofiell recently took on Anne Wymard of the Middlebury women's squash team on her weekly segment "Darin Erin". Men's team member David Cromwell coached Erin during the match. Check it out here.
Third-seeded Middlebury will be in pursuit of a conference title this weekend when the three-day 2015 NESCAC Women’s Squash Championship begins on Friday. Williams' Simon Squash Center will serve as the host for all matches played during this year’s championship with the NESCAC Championship match being played on Sunday, February 8 at 10:00 a.m.
Now winners in seven of its last eight matches, the 13th-ranked Middlebury women's squash team recorded a pair of victories against top-20 teams. At home on Friday evening, the Panthers recorded a 6-3 victory over #15 Drexel, and eased to a 7-2 victory Saturday on the road over 17th-ranked Amherst.
In a closely-contested match coming down to the final point, the 13th-ranked Middlebury women's squash team fell at home Wednesday evening to #12 Williams by the narrowest of margins, 5-4. The Panthers return to the court Friday when they host 14th-ranked Drexel at 5:00 p.m.
The 16th-ranked Panther women's squash team posted five impressive victories during matches contested in the Middlebury Round Robin that took place Friday through Sunday. The team started things off with a pair of 9-0 wins Friday against #25 Wellesley and #27 Connecticut College. A day later, Middlebury upset #15 Bates by an 8-1 count. On Sunday, the Panthers completed the unblemished weekend with a 7-2 victory against #13 Franklin & Marshall followed by a 8-1 win over 18th-ranked Hamilton.
Playing at the Yale Round Robin, the Middlebury women's squash team lost matches against three teams ranked in the top-seven nationally. The Panthers, ranked 16th, fell Saturday to ninth-ranked Columbia by a 7-2 score before losing to #4 Yale, 9-0. On Sunday, Middlebury battled #7 George Washington in a tightly-contested match before falling by a 7-2 count.
The Middlebury women's squash team began the 2015 segment of its schedule winning three matches. Winners of now four-straight contests, the Panthers cruised in a pair of matches played at Williams on Saturday by 9-0 and 8-1 scores over #19 Bowdoin and #22 Colby. Middlebury returned home for a Sunday match with 26th-ranked Mount Holyoke, blanking the Lyons 9-0.
Playing its 2014-15 home-opening match, the 15th-ranked Middlebury women's squash team blanked 27th-ranked Tufts 9-0 on Sunday afternoon to improve to 3-1 for the young season. Saskia Pownall-Gray set the tone for the Panthers with an 11-0, 11-3, 11-5 victory in the top slot. Audrey Ellen allowed just two points at #8 (11-0, 11-1, 11-1), as all eight matches that were contested were won in straight sets. The Panthers are off from competition until select players will compete in the Division III Individual Championships hosted by Wesleyan from December 5-7.
The Middlebury women’s squash team opened up its season by winning two of three matches on a trip to Connecticut. The Panthers opened their season on Saturday with a 9-0 win over Smith in a match played at Wesleyan. Later in the day, Middlebury convincingly defeated the host school by a score of 8-1. On Sunday, the 15th-ranked Panther were downed 8-1 by second-ranked Trinity.
The Middlebury women's squash team has its sights set on lofty goals in 2014-15. Last winter, the women posted a record of 9-8 against a tough schedule and finished the year ranked 15th nationally (seventh in the ‘B’ division’s Kurtz Cup). The team returns seven of the nine regulars this winter from a season ago.
Middlebury College has announced the hiring of Brian Cady as the school’s new assistant men’s and women’s squash coach. The Middlebury College graduate was a four-year member of the men’s squash and golf teams while on campus, earning a degree in psychology in May of 2011.
John R. Illig was memorialized on September 14 as the fearless leader and beloved coach of squash teams at Middlebury and Bates Colleges, and as an intrepid outdoorsman "who saw an opportunity in every crisis."
Illig’s colleagues and players remembered him as someone who empowered others to be different, cared deeply about them as individuals, and whose unpredictable sense of humor touched everyone who knew him.
Middlebury College Director of Athletics Erin Quinn has announced that current women's tennis coach Mike Morgan will serve as the interim men's and women's squash coach for the 2014-15 season. Morgan replaces seven-year head coach John Illig, who passed away unexpectedly this summer. A search for a full-time coach will begin early in the spring of 2015.