This past weekend the Kalamazoo College Men’s Tennis team started the season strong with a 9-0 sweep of Wheaton, and a 6-3 victory of #11 ranked Kenyon.
On Saturday, the Hornets won all three doubles matches 8-5, 8-3, and 8-4. They then followed up the doubles sweep by winning five of the six singles matches in two sets, and a comeback victory from first-year Noah Karoub.
Comebacks and contributions from first year players were also key for the Hornets on Sunday against Kenyon. First year Zack Ray and senior Eric Dewitt took #2 doubles, along with senior Branden Metzler and junior Elan Dantus’ win at #1 doubles to give Kalamazoo a 2-1 lead heading into singles. The Hornets then saw two comebacks from first year Daniel Henry at #2 singles, and the match clinching victory from Dantus at five to give Kalamazoo a 6-3 victory.
The victories give the Hornets confidence as they continue their tough non-conference schedule.
“I think starting off on a good note like we did really sets the tone for the rest of the season” said Metzler, who also mentioned the contributions from the first years. “The key part of this weekend was to see how our first years could play under pressure”.
Especially with a handful of tough non-conference matches remaining, the team knows the importance of taking it one match at a time and not to let early success let them get complacent.
“I think it’s important to remain in a game to game mindset” said senior Alberto Ayala. “But hopefully this gives our guys the confidence to believe that we can compete with anybody on any given day” he added.
Both matches were well attended by the Hornet faithful at Markin, who did not go unnoticed by the players.
“Getting crowd support is always a boost for the players” said senior Jacob Scott. “Especially in big matches against other top teams”.
The Hornets tough schedule continues at Markin this Saturday February 18th against #35 ranked Coe College (Kalamazoo is currently ranked #36) at 11 a.m., and Wabash College on Sunday.