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2019-20 men's Squash preview

Led by an experienced group of returning players in addition to a solid incoming class, the Middlebury men’s squash program has high expectations heading into the 2019-20 season. Last winter, the men posted a record of 15-6, including a program-record eight-match winning streak. The Panthers finished the year ranked 19th nationally and placed third in the NESCAC Tournament.

Head Coach Mark Lewis

Guided by fifth-year head coach Mark Lewis, who is a two-time NESCAC Coach of the Year, the Panthers enters this winter with a blend of experience and youth throughout the lineup.

Jacob Ellen

The squad will be led by senior captains Jacob Ellen, William Cembalest and Nick Bermingham in the upper-third of the ladder. A two-year captain, Ellen is a three-time All-NESCAC selection and a first-team recipient a year ago. He posted a 14-6 record in the second spot.

William Cembalest

Cembalest, a First-Team All-NESCAC selection in 2017-18 and a two-time all-conference honoree, tallied five victories record in the third spot of the lineup. A two-year captain, Bermingham went 13-8 in the No. 4 slot a season ago. He was victorious in seven of eight matches during a stretch in January, with four of those coming in three games.

Nick Bermingham

Senior Jack Kagan will battle for playing time in the top-three spots of the ladder. He concluded his third season with an 11-6 record mainly in the third spot.

Jack Kagan

Sophomore Teddy Best, along with juniors John Epley and Wiatt Hinton will anchor the middle of the Panther lineup. A season ago, Best tied for the team lead with 18 wins (18-3) with most of his matches at No. 5, putting together eight- and six-match winning streaks during his first season. Best was tied with Epley, who also finished at 18-3 with nearly all his matches at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Epley claimed a victory in 14 of his final 15 matches of 2018-19, including a trio during the CSA Team Championships. Hinton went 9-8 in his second year as a Panther near the bottom of the ladder. Epley and Hinton will rejoin the team after studying abroad during the fall semester.

Thomas Wolpow

Senior Thomas Wolpow, along with sophomore Nate Moll and junior Alex Merrill each return to the lineup and will battle for time at the bottom of the lineup. Wolpow went 10-4 a year ago, including a 5-1 mark in the eighth spot, while Moll was 8-3 and played in five different spots on the ladder. Merrill saw playing time in the bottom three spots with a 10-2 record, going 7-1 at No. 8 and 3-0 a spot below last winter.

Senior Finlay McInerney and junior Alex Giles and some first-year players will fight for ladder spots this winter.

The Panthers’ slate opens with a road contest at Hamilton on November 16 for its lone match of 2019. Middlebury returns to action in early January and plays 11 matches during the month, with eight of them on the road. Another key date on the schedule is the NESCAC Championships, hosted by Bowdoin from Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16.