Kenyon's Zalenski Gets NCAA Call, Diehl an Alternate

Kenyon's Zalenski Gets NCAA Call, Diehl an Alternate

Courtesy of Kenyon Athletics

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Committee announced Wednesday the individuals who will compete in the singles competition of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships. Kenyon College juniors Jacob Zalenski and Austin Diehl were among those selected.

Locked in, for the second straight season, Zalenksi is one of 32 participants in the singles championship. Diehl, however, is not a lock. He was designated the second alternate. If a player scratches from the tournament field, he'll be replaced in sequential order by an alternate from the published list. Vishnu Joshi of Johns Hopkins University is the first on the alternate list, just ahead of Diehl.

Zalenski, Kenyon's No. 1 singles player, sports a 19-2 record this season and that includes a 10-1 mark playing in the top spot during dual matches. He is currently riding a 14-match win streak. Last season, Zalenski was selected to his first NCAA Singles Championship, but was eliminated in the first round 6-4, 6-1 by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' Jack Katzman, the eventually national runner-up.

Diehl is the Lords' No. 2 singles player, but traded spots with Zalenski a few times throughout the season. He is 16-2 overall. In dual matches, he has a 5-0 record in the No. 1 spot and 10-1 record playing at No. 2. Diehl's loss to Chaz Downing of Carnegie Mellon University on April 20 ended a streak of 35 straight dual-match wins, dating back to the first match of his sophomore season.

For the individual championships, the national committee selected seven singles players from each of the four regions. Additionally, the committee selected the remaining four singles players from a national at-large pool. The selection of individuals for the championship was based on won-lost record, strength of schedule and eligibility and availability of student-athletes.

The singles championships will be held May 24-26 at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The bracket draw for the championship will be done by the men's tennis committee and will be released on May 23.