Middlebury

Panthers Compete At Nationals - NESCAC Honors Announced, Illig Is Coach Of The Year

March 1, 2009

Senior Sally Hatfield (Barrington, R.I.) and sophomore Virginia Shannon (Hanover, N.H.) represented the Middlebury women at the recent individual nationals hosted by Williams. Hatfield earned a 3-2 record over the weekend, while Shannon went 4-1. Hatfield ends the season with an 18-12 overall record, while Shannon ends '08-'09 with a 17-13 mark. Hatfield was also a first-team All-NESCAC selection, while head coach John Illig was named the NESCAC Coach of the year.

Illig, in just his second year as head coach, led the team to a 13th place finish at team nationals last week, the team's highest finish in the past 10 years. He also helped guide the team to a school record 19 wins against just eight losses.

Sally Hatfield defeated Stephanie Marx, Williams 3-0
Sally Hatfield lost to Lexi Van Arkle, Yale 3-0
Sally Hatfield defeated Allie Dalglish, #1 Amherst 3-1
Sally Hatfield defeated Samantha Smith, #1 Colby 3-1
Sally Hatfield lost to Alex Franceschi, Bowdoin 3-0

Virginia Shannon lost to Katharine Ettinger, Dartmouth 3-2
Virginia Shannon defeated Kate Bullard, George Washington 3-2
Virginia Shannon defeated Whitney Roller, #2 Bates 3-0
Virginia Shannon defeated Crissie Parsons, #1 Conn 3-2
Virginia Shannon defeated Biz Gillespie, Bowdion 3-1