Story Courtesy of Kenyon Sports Information Department
The Kenyon College Lords tennis team's season concluded Saturday afternoon at Tao Tennis Center on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. The host and No. 4-ranked Bears defeated Kenyon, 5-1, and eliminated the Lords from the third round of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship.
Kenyon, which was making its 15th-straigth appearance in the NCAA Championship, entered postseason play with a No. 28 national rank. The loss halted the Lords' win streak at eight matches and finalized the team's overall record at 14-11.
Washington jumped ahead first with an 8-4 win at No. 3 singles and then doubled its lead with another 8-4 win at No. 1 singles. Kenyon responded at No. 2 with the first-year combo of Jacob Zalenski and Austin Diehl. That Lords' pairing outlasted Jeremy Bush and J.J. Kroot, 9-8, with a 7-4 tiebreaker victory.
Zalenski kept things going in singles play, winning the first set, 6-2, in his battle with John Carswell at No. 2. The Bears, however, were first-set winners in the other five matches. Washington kept that momentum going from those first-set wins and finished off the Lords by claiming straight-set wins in the No. 3, 4 and 6 matches.
The Bears (18-4) advance to play No. 7-ranked Bowdoin College in the quarterfinal round of the Championship.