By Jackson Vaughn
The NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships occurred this past weekend at Kenyon College from May 13 – 15. The Hornets had a first round bye and fell to #26 Mary Washington 5 – 1.
Mary Washington won the two and three doubles matches before the contest was moved indoors due to rain. They then 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 outcome had been determined.
With a final record of 13-9, the Hornets finish in the top-32 in the nation, though two wins off from the top-8 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-10 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 their stranglehold on first place in the conference: the team has never done worse than tie for first place.
And with their top two players, juniors Mark Denenfeld and Nathan Eddy, coming back next year, big things are expected out of this squad.