By Anne Bello
Published Oct 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 6, 2012 at 8:43 PM ET

Middlebury, VT — Say good-bye to the Bubble: this will be the final year Middlebury competes on their old courts. “The foundation for our new 10-court facility will be poured at the end of October,” reports head coach John Illig. The Panthers have gone from an upstart new varsity to a B Division fixture in the space of a few years, and the new courts will help the program to continue to grow. The three new players on the squad — Andrew Jung (Seattle Academy), Harrison Croll (Brunswick School), and David Cromwell (McDonogh School) — have already had a chance to bond with their new teammates on the Panthers’ overnight mountain hiking trip in the Adirondack Mountains. That team bond will help the squad through what promises to be a competitive season. The Panthers can expect good matches against fellow NESCAC schools and are anticipating Columbia, St. Lawrence, and Drexel to be key matches as well. “We’ll be training hard, having fun, and fighting for all our matches,” Illig says.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 15-9

Final Ranking: 14

Team Championships: 6th in the Hoehn Cup (B Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: John Illig

Returning Players from Team Championships:  2. Jay Dolan (1st Team All-NESCAC); 3. Parker Hurst (2nd Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Academic); 4. Spencer Hurst; 5. Cooper Redpath; 6. Will Moore; 8. Willy Clarke; 9. Chris Ivsin; 10. Reed Palmer; 11. Robert Galluccio

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 1. Valentin Quan (1st Team All-NESCAC); 7. Addi DiSesa (NESCAC All-Academic); J.P. Garofalo

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster: Andrew Jung, Harrison Croll, and David Cromwell

Captains: Jay Dolan and Spencer Hurst

Team Goals: To play well and fight for a place in the B Division

Key Matches: NESCAC matches and Columbia, St. Lawrence, and Drexel

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