Kuijpers Named All-NESCAC Honoree, Lewis Selected Coach of the Year

Beatrijs Kuijpers earned her second All-NESCAC accolade in as many years.
Beatrijs Kuijpers earned her second All-NESCAC accolade in as many years.

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Sophomore Beatrijs Kuijpers (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has been named to the All-NESCAC women's squash first team, while head coach Mark Lewis was honored as the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. Middlebury concluded the season with a team record of 9-9, finishing in fourth place during the NESCAC Championship. The Panthers will compete this weekend in the CSA Team National Championship hosted by Princeton, competing in the Kurtz Cup.

Kuijpers picks up her second all-conference accolade, moving up to the first team after being a second-team recipient last winter. She solidified the top of the Middlebury ladder, posting a 9-9 record against the opponent's top player. Kuijpers rattled off five-straight victories in the early part of January, all coming against nationally-ranked opponents.

Lewis has been selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year by his peers. In his second season at Middlebury, Lewis is receiving the award for the first time in his career. He is the second Middlebury women's coach to receive the honor, joining John Illig in 2009. Lewis guided Middlebury to a fourth place finish at the NESCAC Championship and will lead the Panthers into the CSA National Team Championships this weekend as the #8 seed in the Kurtz Cup. Middlebury will play top-seeded and ninth-ranked Dartmouth in a quarterfinal match on Friday at 2:30 p.m.