By Anne Bello
Published Oct 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM ET

Middlebury, VT — Middlebury is a program on the rise, and other teams have taken notice. The Panthers’ peers recognized their improvement last season by naming them 2012’s Most Improved Team. With construction on a new 10-court facility slated to begin this fall, the future looks bright for the team. Four new players will be added to this year’s squad: Saskia Pownall-Gray (St. George’s School); Tiffany Hau (Baldwin School);  Zoe Carey (Noble & Greenough);  Seah Wanning (Raffles Academy). The team has already gone on an overnight hiking trip in the Adirondacks, and they are eagerly anticipating the start of the season. “We look forward to seeing our friends on the opposing teams, and we look forward to all our matches,” says head coach John Illig. The team plays a rigorous schedule, and Williams, Bates, Columbia, Brown, and F&M will be key matches along the way. “We’ll fight to do the best we can at all times, and we’ll have fun doing it,” says Illig.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 15-8

Final Ranking: 11

Team Championships: 3rd in the Kurtz Cup (B Division); Most Improved Team Award winner

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: John Illig

Returning Players from Team Championships:  2. Abigail Jenkins (First Team All-NESCAC); 3. Charlotte Dewey (Second Team All-NESCAC); 5. Anne Wymard; 6. Amanda Chen (NESCAC All-Academic); 7. Molly Hubbard; 8. Lindsay Becker; 9. Anne Ulrich (NESCAC All-Academic); 10. Katie Dewey

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 1. Elena Laird (First Team All- NESCAC, NESCAC All-Academic); 4. Kathryn Bostwick (NESCAC All-Academic); 11. Alexandra Boillot (NESCAC All-Academic)

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster: Saskia Pownall-Gray, Tiffany Hau,  Zoe Carey, and  Seah Wanning

Captains: Lindsay Becker and Molly Hubbard

Team Goals: To do their best at all times and have fun doing it

Key Matches: NESCAC matches, especially Williams and Bates; Columbia, Brown and F&M

To read other team previews, please visit the 2012-2013 College Squash Season Previews page.