2018 Men's Tennis Preview

2018 Men's Tennis Preview

Preseason Coaches Poll  |  ITA Preseason Rankings

Sam Loring, Dickinson

Dickinson (4-11 overall, 3-6 Centennial, 7th place)
Head Coach: David Bojalad (Occidental '94), 2nd season at Dickinson, 14th overall
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Centennial Titles (0)
Playoff Appearances (4): 2006-07-15-16
Preseason Poll Projection: 6

Key Players Returning: (1) Shawn Diniz, Sr., 3-15; (2) Derek Chen, Jr., 6-10; (3) Sam Loring, Sr., 7-11, HM All-CC singles; (4) Nick Reese, Sr., 4-13.

Top Newcomers: Joey Bolanos (Escuela Americans, El Salvador); Jordan Haber (Millburn, N.J.); Bryce Perritt (Lawrenceville, Pa.); Peter Schmidt (Laurel Springs, N.J.); Ben Delya; Vincent Tover Dias (Fort Myers, Fla.).

Key Losses: (2) Jackson Claudio, 5-3.

Outlook: The Red Devils lost just one senior from the 2016-17 season and will be bringing in six freshmen this spring. If a couple rookies can make an immediate impact, Dickinson will have a shot at the conference playoffs. The team will also look to senior Sam Loring who earned honorable mention All-CC in singles last year.


Jack Rothman, Franklin & Marshall

Franklin & Marshall (7-10 overall, 5-4 Centennial, 4th place, lost to Johns Hopkins in Centennial semifinal, 5-1)
Head Coach: Josh Schofield (Villanova '01), 1st season at Franklin & Marshall
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Centennial Titles (0)
Playoff Appearances (8): 2010-11-12-13-14-15-16-17
Preseason Poll Projection: 4

Key Players Returning: (1) Jack Rothman, Sr., 2nd team All-CC singles, 1st team All-CC doubles, 6-11; (3) Zack Levin, Jr., 10-7, 2nd team All-CC singles; (5) Will Samuels, Sr., 9-8; (6) Andrew Pace, Soph, 10-8.

Top Newcomers: Sam Bellersen (Ratsgymnasium Stadthagen, Germany); Jack Brinkley (Forsyth Country Day, N.C.); Ryan Rosenberg (Oakdale, Md.).

Key Losses: (4) Inigo Flores, 1st team All-CC doubles, 12-3.

Outlook: The Diplomats continually prove to be a competitive team in the conference, having reached the conference tournament semifinals each of the past six seasons. Although they graduated a 1st team All-CC doubles player, Inigo Flores, F&M returns two key upperclassmen Jack Rothman and Zack Levin who earned All-CC recognition in 2017.


Nick D'Amore, Gettysburg

Gettysburg (5-10 overall, 2-7 Centennial, 8th place)
Head Coach: Andy Knox (Savannah Art & Design '98), 3rd season at Gettysburg, 12-20 (.375), 7th overall
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Centennial Titles (0)
Playoff Appearances (0)
Preseason Poll Projection: 8

Key Players Returning: (1) Christian Deschapelles, Sr., 3-11; (3) Nick D'Amore, Jr., 3-9; (4) Kevin Maier, Jr., 6-9; (5) Andrew Corwin, Jr., 4-7.

Top Newcomers: Patrick Dodovitz, Harrison Brown, Thomas Gilio, Aidan Kennedy, Henery Pletcher, Drew Warren.

Key Losses: (2) Kevin DeRosa, 4-12; (6) Aiden Egglin, 0-4.

Outlook: The Bullets return veterans Christian Deschapelles and Nick D'Amore as they strive for a winning record. Having been a bottom of the pack team in past years, the addition of a strong freshman class could help Gettysburg become more competitive in the conference this spring.


Josh Moskovitz, Haverford

Haverford (10-9 overall, 7-2 Centennial, 3rd place, lost to Swarthmore in Centennial semifinal, 5-1)
Head Coach: Sean Sloane (Princeton '64), 21st season, 203-137 (.597)
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Centennial Titles (0)
Playoff Appearances (11): 2006-07-08-09-11-12-13-14-15-16-17
Preseason Poll Projection: 3

Key Players Returning: (1) Josh Moskovitz, Jr., 1st team All-CC singles, 2nd team All-CC doubles, 10-9; (2) Dais Nakayama, Sr., 2nd team All-CC doubles, HM All-CC singles, 7-10; (3) Kevin Yan, Soph., 1st team All-CC singles, CC Rookie of the Year, 9-9; (4) Eli Phelps, Sr., 2nd team All-CC singles, 12-5; (5) Ishaan Prinz, Sr., 11-7; (6) Raja Arul, Soph., 2nd team All-CC doubles, 8-5; (6) Nick Sweeney, Jr., 4-5; David Kong, Soph., 2nd team All-CC doubles.

Top Newcomers: Matthew Danielson (Princeton, N.J.); Scott Kozarsky (George School, N.J.); Pranav Krishnan (East Brunswick, N.J.); Jun Mo (Mater Dei, Calif.).

Key Losses: N/A

Outlook: As a historically dominant team in the conference, the Fords have reached the conference playoffs 11 times in the past 12 years. Haverford returns their entire starting lineup, led by junior Josh Moskovitz who is a two-time 1st team All-CC selection in singles and two-time All-CC selection in doubles. Six of their starters earned All-CC recognition in 2017. In addition to their strong upperclassmen, the underclassmen have proven to be of great value to the team. Kevin Yan earned CC Rookie of the Year in addition to 1st team All-CC in singles. The Fords are projected to have another successful campaign. 


Cody Kim, Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins (17-3 overall, 9-0 Centennial, 1st place, d. Swarthmore for CC title, 5-0; lost to Wesleyan in NCAA Sweet Sixteen, 5-1)
Head Coach: Chuck Willenborg (Miami '87), 13th season, 209-59 (.780)
Team Page | Roster | Schedule | Last Year's Statistics
Centennial Titles (12): 2005-07-08-09-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17
Playoff Appearances (12): 2006-07-08-09-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17
Preseason Poll Projection: 1

Key Players Returning: (1) Cody Kim, Soph., 1st team All-CC singles, 15-3; (2) Scott Thygesen, Jr., 3-5; (3) David Perez, Sr., 14-4; (3) Austin Gu, Soph., 9-6; (5) Nathan Safran, Soph., 5-0; (6) Justin Kang, Sr., 1st team All-CC doubles, 12-3; (6) Aaron Carey, Soph., 15-4.

Top Newcomers: Bryan Chu (Chinese International School, Hong Kong); Jack Hogan (La Jolla, Calif.); Vishnu Joshi (Montgomery, N.J.); Matt Lurie (Windward School, Calif.); Alex Matisse (Clarkston, Mich.); Robby Simon (Bronxville, N.Y.), Eric Yoo (Lake Braddock, Va.).

National Ranking: (47) Kim.

Regional Ranking: (10) Kim.

Key Losses: (1) Mike Buxbaum, 7-3; (1) Jeremy Dubin, CC Player of the Year, 12-2; (5) Emerson Walsh, 1st team All-CC doubles, 7-3.

Outlook: The Blue Jays are the team to beat having won their 11th straight conference championship. Although they lost key players to graduation, including the CC Player of the Year, their deep bench will keep them at the top of the ranks. Sophomore Cody Kim, who was awarded 1st team All-CC honors as a freshman, enters the season ranked #47 in the nation and 10th in the Atlantic South region in singles (ITA ranking). The Blue Jays are favored to win their 12th straight title this May.


Will Giles, McDaniel

McDaniel (3-14 overall, 0-9 CC, 10th place)
Head Coach: Jason Clark (Morehouse '94), 4th season, 6-39 (.133)
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Centennial Titles (0)
Playoff Appearances (0)
Preseason Poll Projection: 10

Key Players Returning: Justin Arter, Soph.; Noah Friedman, Soph.; Will Giles, Sr.; Tate Myers, Jr.

Top Newcomer: Quinn Burker (Winters Mill, Md.); Luke Shuck (Tuscarora, Md.); Jimmy Wawrzynski (Westminster, Md.).

Key Losses: Corey Glocker.

Outlook: The Green Terror has yet to win a conference match since April of 2014. With key leadership from senior Will Giles, McDaniel hopes to improve the program's standings.


Mickey Schindler, Muhlenberg

Muhlenberg (4-11 overall, 1-8 Centennial, 9th place)
Head Coach: Bruce Levine (Springfield College), 2nd season at Muhlenberg, 3rd overall
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Centennial Titles (0)
Playoff Appearances (0)
Preseason Poll Projection: 9

Key Players Returning: (2) Mickey Schindler, Sr., HM All-CC singles, 7-8; (4) Alex Dagilis, Soph., 4-13; (5) Andrew Natko, Soph., 2-5; (5) Steven Shoemaker, Jr., 4-10; (6) Evan Johannet, Soph., 2-9.

Top Newcomers: Jason Grant (Livingston, N.J.); Adam Kronick (Guilderland, N.Y.); Gavin Meyers (Whitehall, Pa.); Eli Taylor-Kerman (Columbia Secondary School, N.Y.).

Key Losses: (1) David Woods, 4-10.

Outlook: The Mules must make significant improvements to excel this season. Senior Mickey Schindler, who was an All-Conference honorable mention in singles in 2017, will lead the way.


Mark Fallati, Swarthmore

Swarthmore (12-12 overall, 8-1 CC, 2nd place, lost to Johns Hopkins in Centennial final, 5-0)
Head Coach: Eric Roddy, Interim Head Coach
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Centennial Titles (0)
Playoff Appearances (10): 2008-09-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17
Preseason Poll Projection: 2

Key Players Returning: (1) Mark Fallati, Sr., 1st team All-CC singles/doubles, 14-10; (3) Simon Vernier, Jr., 13-8; (4) Josh Powell, Sr., 1st team All-CC doubles, 9-8; (4) Ari Cepelewicz, Sr., 2nd team All-CC singles/doubles, 8-12; (6) Evan Han, Jr., 6-1; (6) Kevin Xu, Soph., 6-7; (6) Michael Song, Sr., 6-7.

Top Newcomers: Noah Cheng (Milton Acadamy, Mass.); Devan Geib (Flint Hill School, Va.); Jiung Jung (Iowa City West, Iowa); John Lathrop (Weston, Mass.); Thibault Vernier (Lower Merion, Pa.).

National Ranking: (29) Fallati.

Regional Ranking: (5) Fallati, (16) Vernier; (10) Fallati/Powell

Key Losses: (2) John Larkin, 1st team All-CC singles, 13-8; Thomas Vernier, 2nd team All-CC doubles.

Outlook: For the fourth straight year, The Garnet advanced to the conference Championship. Swarthmore is projected to do so again this season as they return three All-CC selections in Mark Fallati, Josh Powell, and Ari Cepelewicz. Fallati enters the season ranked #29 nationally in singles while Fallati, Vernier, and Powell earn regional rankings (ITA Rankings). Swarthmore could challenge favorites Johns Hopkins in post-season play.


Max Oberholtzer, Ursinus

Ursinus (12-7 overall, 4-5 Centennial, 6th place)
Head Coach: Pete Smith (Ursinus '91), 106-92 (.535), 11th season
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Centennial Titles (0)
Playoff Appearances (1): 2013
Preseason Poll Projection: 7

Key Players Returning: (1) Max Oberholtzer, Sr., 2nd team All-CC singles, HM All-CC doubles, 12-6; (2) Paul Vecchio, Jr., HM All-CC doubles, 8-13; (5) Peter Shields, Sr, 9-7; (6) Devin Paulison, Soph., 5-3.

Top Newcomers: Kyle Bookman (Springfield, Pa.); Matt Fontanese (Northern Highlands Regional, N.J.); Mason Groff (Salisbury, Pa.); Ryan Jang (Upper Dublin, Pa.).

Key Losses: (3) Chanton Phan, 12-7; (4) Henry Burke, 10-10; (6) Jordan Hodess, 9-7.

Outlook: The Bears narrowly missed post-season, finishing 6th in the conference in 2017. Ursinus has great potential to grasp its second playoff appearance in program history this season as they return their two top players Max Oberholtzer and Paul Vecchio who both received All-CC recognition last year. In addition, Paul Vecchio, who earned All-CC honorable mention in doubles, and Connor Defaber-Schumacher are expected to make a significant impact.

 


Jack Sandler, Washington College

Washington College (12-6 overall, 6-3 Centennial, 5th place, lost to Franklin & Marshall in CC 1st round, 5-1))
Head Coach: Oliver Reynolds (Stamford '11), 1st season
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Centennial Titles (12): 1994-95-96-97-98-99-2000-01-02-03-04-06
Playoff Appearances (9): 2006-07-08-09-10-11-12-14-17
NCAA Titles (2): 1994-97
Preseason Poll Projection: 5

Key Players Returning: (1) Chris Salisbury, Jr, 2nd team All-CC singles, 12-4; (2) Jake Sandler, Jr., 1st team All-CC singles, 15-4; (3) Luke Weaver, Sr., HM All-CC doubles, 11-8; (6) Justin Panepinto, Sr., 4-3; (6) August Meriot, Soph., 9-7.

Top Newcomers: Koby Bonta (Loch Raven, Md.); Kyle Hickey (Laurel Springs School, Calif.); Andrew Smith (John F. Kennedy, N.Y.).

Key Losses: (5) Jeremy Novick, HM All-CC doubles, 9-9; (4) Zack Novick, 8-9.

Outlook: The Shoremen look to make a back-to-back appearance at the conference playoffs this season with the help of three returning All-CC athletes. Junior Jake Sandler received 1st team All-CC in singles while classmate Chris Salisbury received 2nd team All-CC in singles. Senior Luke Weaver was also recognized for All-CC honorable mention in doubles. With solid leadership from their upperclassmen, Washington College has potential to compete in the playoffs come May.