Junior Men’s Tennis player Branden Metzler has dominated the MIAA since arriving on campus in 2013, but this year Metzler has found an even greater level of commitment, and it has certainly shown in his play. “Being successful was really important to me this year because I knew we would be hosting Nationals” Metzler said when asked about what made this year different from the previous two. “I really worked on my endurance and refining the little parts of my game this summer”.
The season was a success for both Metzler and the Hornets’ team as well, as they captured their record 78th straight MIAA title. “It was a great season for our team, probably the best we’ve had since I’ve been here” said Metzler. When asked about a defining moment for this year’s team, Metzler brought up the match against Aquinas College, “It was definitely the best match for us as a team. We were down 4-3 and had 2 matches go to 3 sets. It really showed that our team has the potential to beat nationally ranked teams, and that our hard work before and during the season has been paying off.”
The team’s hard work did pay off, as they cruised through the first round of team nationals at Case Western last week, winning 5-0. Unfortunately, they fell the following day to #17 ranked Kenyon 5-1.
Despite the team’s loss at nationals, the season is not yet over for Metzler. Following an outstanding 27-2 season, Metzler qualified for singles nationals as the #2 player in the Division III Central Rankings. In doubles, Metzler and sophomore Elan Dantus ranked eighth in the central region, but did not qualify for nationals.
Metzler has won the MIAA MVP award all three years on campus, and will look to add to his legacy by advancing in Nationals this week, hosted by K. Metzler begins singles play this Thursday at 9 am at Stowe Stadium.