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As our students settle in here at Middlebury and begin another successful year for the women’s tennis team, I’d like to share my reflections on the past year and the year ahead.

First, I would like to announce the arrival of Rob Barr as the women’s assistant tennis coach. He is rejoining the Panther family. He helped the men’s tennis team win the national championship in 2010, and then spent the last six years at Hamilton as the head coach. We are very fortunate to have him back at Middlebury. His positivity and years of experience will be extremely beneficial to our team.

Last year we set a program record with 17 wins. We went undefeated in NESCAC play and made it to the finals of the conference tournament. It was the first time in several years we had defeated Williams, and it was great to do so on our home courts. We also had a very tough win against Bowdoin on the road.

We’re all looking forward to a successful year on and off the court for our student-athletes. I am so impressed at how hard these young women work, how determined they are, and how they have come together as a team.

We are excited to have our returning players as well as two incoming first-years, Emily Bian and Ann Martin Skelly, who have been great additions to our program. Christina Puccinelli ’19 was named a player to watch; she, along with Katherine Hughes ’20 and Sky Schossberger ’20, made the individual tournament last year. We had seven ITA scholar-athletes, and we earned the 2017 ITA All-Academic Team Award for our players’ hard work in the classroom.

This is a very heavy travel year with only two home weekends. This fall we will play the Williams Invitational, the ITA Regional Championship, the Harvard Scramble, and our Midd Fall Invite. In the spring we’ll travel to Williams, Amherst, Quinnipiac, Wesleyan, and Trinity. Although we prefer playing at home, it is a great experience to get used to playing on the road.

I am writing today to ask you to support the team. Our fundraising goal this year is to raise $30,000 to help cover some of the expenses of our annual spring break trip to California. This trip gives our team the opportunity to transition to outdoor tennis and is a crucial time for team building and team bonding. We will get competitive matches with Division I and Division II teams outside of our conference. It is a challenge to play on the road and against good competition, and it will help us peak for the NESCAC Championship and the NCAA Tournament.
The majority of the cost of this trip is covered by the athletes and their families, but we rely on the generous gifts from our alumni to make it affordable for all of our team members.
You know as well as I do that women’s tennis and athletics as a whole play an important role in offering a world-class educational experience at Middlebury. Please take this chance to support our team with a gift today.

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Dollars Raised: 168%

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Deadline: Jun 30, 2018
Total needed: $30,000

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