Seven Men's Tennis Players Honored, Waldron Is Player of the Year

May 10, 2006

Seven members of the Middlebury College men's tennis team were honored today when the All-NESCAC selections were announced. The Panthers are preparing to make another run at an NCAA title when they play a quarterfinal match-up on May 17th against Trinity of Texas in Fredericksburg, Va.

Senior Brian Waldron (Rye, N.Y.) was named the 2006 NESCAC Player of the Year, while rookie teammate Conrad Olson (Waterloo, Belgium) also took home individual honors as the league's Rookie of the Year, as determined by the conference's coaches. The two were a part of a Panther squad that captured a third-consecutive NESCAC title at this year's championship.

Waldron has been virtually unstoppable this season for Middlebury, holding a 25-3 singles record while playing at first singles for a majority of the season. In addition to being named Player of the Year, Waldron, who has won nine of his last 10 singles matches in straight sets, also received recognition on the NESCAC All-Conference first-team singles, the third consecutive year that he has received All-NESCAC honors. Waldron's victory in first singles against Williams on April 30 gave Middlebury a 4-3 advantage in the NESCAC Championship.

Olson has been equally impressive this season with a 22-4 singles record, going 15-2 since March. The freshman added NESCAC All-Conference second-team singles honors to his Rookie of the Year award. Olson most recently won his singles match at the 2006 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship, 6-3, 6-3 on April 30 against Williams.

Senior Ari Beilin (Hamilton, Mass.) of Middlebury earned All-NESCAC accolades for the second season in a row at both singles and doubles. Beilin, one of three Panthers to receive All-Conference first-team single this year, is fresh off a 6-0, 6-3 victory in the NCAA Men's Tennis Regional on May 7. As impressive as his 22-6 singles record is, Beilin also holds an equally-impressive 14-3 doubles record with junior partner Alex Scott (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) this Spring. Scott also earned All-Conference first-team doubles for the second year in a row.

Senior Nate Edmunds (Birmingham, Mich.) was also a first-team singles selections, while junior George Mayer (Merion, Pa.) was named to the second team. A former NESCAC Player of the Year, Edmunds is sporting a 24-5 record at this point in the season, while Mayer is 18-7 after earning first-team honors last season.

The doubles team of Edmunds and junior Kevin Bergesen (Beverly, Mass.) earned second-team honors, after boasting a 19-3 record this season.