Photo courtesy of Deana Acklin
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's tennis team will be heading to Orlando, Fla. for spring break, playing eight matches over a five-day span from Mar. 11-16 at various facilities in the area.
Schedule - The Bobcats will face the University of Scranton (9 a.m.) at Sanlando Park and Wayne State University (Mich.) at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Complex (3 p.m.) on Monday (Mar. 11), before playing Southwestern College (Kan.) on Tuesday (Mar. 12) at 9 a.m. at Sanlando Park. Lees-McRae then takes on Post University on Wednesday (Mar. 13) at 12 p.m. at the USTA complex, before facing Merrimack College on Thursday (Mar. 14) at 8 a.m. at Sanlando Park. On Friday (Mar. 15), Lees-McRae will face Roosevelt University at 8 a.m. at Sanlando Park and Rockhurst University at 7 p.m. at the USTA complex, before closing out the week against the University of Southern Virginia on Saturday (Mar. 16).
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week 4-4 overall, sporting seven doubles wins along with a combined 23-23 singles record. Fitzgerald Lomp and Miodrag Popovic lead the Bobcats with two doubles wins, while four other doubles tandems each have one win. Matt Meluch leads the singles effort with six wins, while James Kirkham has four singles wins and Popovic has three. Harrison Morris and Colton Porter each have two singles wins on the year, while Brandon Caldwell also has one.
About the Opponents - Scranton enters the week at 3-0 overall. The Royals come into the match with a combined 12-4 in doubles play, and also a 25-8 mark in singles play. Brian Hawkins and Charles Swope lead the Royals in doubles play with a 6-0 mark, while Tarquin McGurrin and Alexander Ochalski are 5-0 in doubles. Christopher Kocon and Adrian Maggiani also have one doubles win on the season. Swope is also the team's leader in singles play at 6-0, while three other Royals each have five singles wins and another four each have one singles win.
Wayne State (Mich.) enters the week at 7-2 overall, with a combined 37-13 doubles record and a combined 61-37 singles record. Niklas Karcz and Pierre Renaudie lead the Warriors in doubles play at 9-0, while Griffin Mertz and Taylor Vane have seven doubles wins. Max Rink and Derek Sammons have five doubles wins on the year, while two other doubles tandems have three wins on the year. Three other teams have two wins each on the year, while Sammons and David Solar have one win in doubles play. Renaudie leads the team in singles wins with 11, while Mertz and Rink each have 10 singles wins. Karcz also has nine wins on the year, while Vane has eight. Three other Warriors each have four singles wins on the season.
Southwestern enters the week at 2-0 overall.
Post has a 2-1 overall record coming into the week. The Eagles have posted a combined 27-27 doubles record so far on the year, along with 39 singles wins. Nikola Crvelin and Ludvig Henrikson lead the team with 11 wins in doubles play, while Jonathan Compres and Peter Rossel have seven wins on the year in doubles play. Ivan Rajevac and Samuel Urban have five doubles wins on the season, while Rossel and Urban have two wins as a doubles team. Two other doubles tandems have each picked up one win so far on the year. Joe Alvord leads the singles effort with nine wins, Crvelin has posted eight singles wins on the season. Urban has posted six singles wins on the year, while Ivan Rajevac and Rossel have won four singles matches on the season. Nick Engelmann and Henrikson have each won two singles matches on the year, while Cole Nelson also has one singles win.
Merrimack enters the week at 3-5 overall and 1-0 in the Northeast 10. The Warriors have won 10 doubles matches to date, while also posting 21 wins in singles play. Davis Davydov and Conrad Koch have two doubles wins on the year, while Davydov and Alex Federov also have two singles wins on the season. Six other doubles tandems have each posted one win so far on the year. Koch leads singles play with five wins, while Davydov also has four singles wins. Jonathan Garcia and Andre Singer each have three singles wins on the season, while Federov and Alec McKay Rodriguez each have two singles wins. Frank Vega and Marshall Wood have each contribute one win so far in singles play.
Roosevelt enters the week at 2-3 overall.
Rockhurst is 5-2 overall coming into the week. The Hawks come in with a 10-9 combined doubles record, as well as a 29-13 combined singles record. Nicolas Leon and Masao Perret along with Alex Bernadas and Santiago Rodriguez Villegas each have three wins in doubles play on the year. Ryan Moody and Tarass Thevenaz have two doubles wins on the year, while Martijn Eleveld and Thevenaz have one win in doubles play on the year. Masso Perret and Villegas each share the team lead in singles play with six wins, while Moody and Thevenaz each have four singles wins. Bernadas and Eleveld each have three singles wins, while Nicolas Leon has also contributed two singles wins.
Southern Virginia enters the week at 2-0, sporting a perfect 6-0 mark in doubles play and an 11-1 record in singles. Six different doubles tandems have each picked up one win on the year, while Ben Spencer leads the singles effort with two wins. Nine other Knights have posted one singles win each on the season.
Series History vs. Opponents - Lees-McRae will play several opponents for the first time in the program's history, facing Scranton, Southwestern, Post Merrimack, Roosevelt, Rockhurst, and Southern Virginia.
This will be the second all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Wayne State (Mich.) in men's tennis, with Wayne State winning the only prior meeting in 2007.