Women's Tennis Players Honored By The NESCAC - Morgan Is Coach Of The Year

May 1, 2008

Middlebury College women's tennis players Claire Smyser (Houston, Texas) and Elizabeth Emery (McLean, Va.) have been honored as All-NESCAC selection. Smyser was named to the first-team in singles and second-team in doubles, while Emery was named to the second-team for her doubles play. Smyser also won the Chaffee Sportsmanship Award, while head coach Mike Morgan earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors.

Smyser earned an 8-10 mark as the Panthers top singles player this season. The senior earned some solid wins in '07-'08, including a victory over a top 20 player from Williams earlier this spring.

As a doubles team, Smyser and Emery earned a 10-5 record as the team's #1 doubles pair. The duo won their first seven matches of the spring, while defeating a top 20 doubles team from Bowdoin in April.

Smyser was the winner of the Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award, given annually to the individual who best combined and displayed a high standard of tennis coupled with the highest levels of sportsmanship.

In just his second year at Middlebury, Morgan was deemed the NESCAC's Coach of the Year. He led the team to a 10-5 mark this season with a trip to the NESCAC Tournament. The Panthers rose in the national rankings, holding the 13th spot in the April 27th ITA National poll. In his first season at Middlebury, Morgan led the Panthers to the NESCAC Tournament as well as a trip to the NCAA's.