The 13th-ranked Kenyon men’s tennis team wrapped up its season in the third round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships with a 5-1 loss against No. 10 Washington (MO) on Saturday, May 12th at the Jasper Tennis Center in Gambier, Ohio.
As a team, the Lords wrapped up the 2018 campaign with a 20-5 record, giving them their seventh 20-win season in the past 11 years.
After receiving a bye in the first round, the Lords advanced to the third round with a 5-3 win over No. 17 Mary Washington in the second round on Friday in a rematch of a match from February 10th that saw the Eagles come away with a narrow 5-4 win over Kenyon.
The Lords fell behind early in the match, trailing 2-1 after doubles action, but seniors Michael Liu (Newmarket, Ontario/Georges Vanier) and Weston Noall (Solon, OH/Gilmour Academy) secured points four and five in singles action to lead Kenyon to the victory. Liu, who also won his third doubles match with junior Nicholas Paolucci (Grosse Pointe, MI/South), made the score 4-3 in favor of KC with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 win over Michael Fleming in the fourth singles flight, while Noall clinched the team win for the Lords with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over Cole Tecce in the sixth flight.
While no NCAC teams will advance to California for the team championships, three individuals have qualified to compete in the 2018 NCAA Div. III Men’s Tennis Singles & Doubles Championships, set for May 24-26 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center on the campus of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, California.
Wabash tennis players William Reifeis (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) and Patrick McAuley (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) have been selected as one of 16 doubles teams to compete at the 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships. Reifeis and McAuley will head to California with a record of 24-1 at number one doubles for the Little Giants this season. The duo is currently ranked second in the Central Region in both the NCAA and Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional rankings. The pair have been playing together as a doubles team since 2010, starting in summer tournaments before winning the 2014 Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship playing at North Central High School. Reifeis and McAuley will be the first Wabash players to compete at the NCAA National Championship Tournament since 1976 when Dave Brooks, Keith Kehlbeck, Mark Miles and Mike Keele competed at Millsaps College.
Kenyon sophomore Jacob Zalenski (Canton, OH/Jackson) learned that he was one of 32 players chosen to participate in the 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Singles Tennis Championship. The appearance as a singles player in the national spotlight will be a first for Zalenski, who carries a 21-6 overall record this season. That record includes a 15-3 mark playing at the No. 1 position in the Lords’ typical dual-meet lineup. Zalenski is the first Kenyon male to participate in the NCAA Singles Championship since 2016, but is the eighth different player to represent Kenyon in NCAA brackets over the last decade.