By Jackson Vaughn
Kenyon College hosted the NCAA Division III men’s tennis championships this past weekend. The Hornets had a first-round bye and fell 5–1 to #26 Mary Washington.
Mary Washington won the two and three doubles matches before rain forced the contest indoors. They went on to win one, three and four singles, beating Kalamazoo in six.
Junior Mark Denenfeld was leading in the third set at two singles and sophomore Steve Hanselman had won the first set at five singles when the match’s outcome was determined.
With a final record of 13–9, the Hornets finished in the top 32 in the nation, although that placement was two wins off from the top eight that Coach Mark Riley and his players had been hoping for. Kalamazoo has not finished that high since 2005 and has not placed in the top ten since then either.
Boasting the MIAA MVP, two other MIAA First Teamers and an MIAA Second Teamer, Kalamazoo has had another great season and continues its stranglehold on first place in its conference — the team has never done worse than tie for first place.
And with juniors Mark Denefeld and Nathan Eddy, the team’s top two players, returning next year, big things are expected from this squad.