WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College men's tennis coach Dan Greenberg, a native of Chapel Hill, NC, is headed home this week and is delighted to be bringing his Eph team with him. This year's NCAA Division III Men's Tournament is being hosted by Meredith College and the city of Cary, NC, at the Cary Tennis Park.
Greenberg, who played in four NCAA Tournaments in his Eph career, has guided his third Eph team to a second consecutive National Quarterfinals appearance. Last spring the Ephs finished 4th in the nation.
"I'm proud of how we've competed all year and I'm thrilled we're back in the quarterfinals," Greenberg stated. "Whether we had a big win or a tough loss, the guys kept trying to get better every week. I'm hoping our best tennis is ahead of us."
"This team's unique because we didn't lose anyone from last year, so it's been more of like a remix year," added Greenberg. "It's been challenging and fun to figure out how to take the same group and do something new and better."
Greenberg's Ephs (17-2) and ranked third nationally will face a familiar opponent in North Carolina in NESCAC foe Bowdoin in their National Quarterfinal match scheduled for 8:00 AM on Monday the 21st.
Bowdoin recently became just the second team to beat Williams this year when they downed the Ephs 5-3 in the NESCAC semifinals played in Williamstown, marking just the second time in 35 matches that the Polar Bears had claimed a victory over the Ephs.
A week prior to the NESCAC Tournament the Ephs downed Bowdoin 5-4 in Brunswick, Maine, establishing a second consecutive 5-4 win versus the Polar Bears.
The 10th ranked Polar Bears (15-7) are an impressive 13-3 since March 20th. All three of those losses came against NESCAC teams. Amherst defeated Bowdoin twice and Williams once.
"We're playing great doubles right now, and at every spot we have a singles player who can compete with anyone they're up against," said Greenberg. "But our main strength is everyone's commitment to getting better in practice and competing better as individuals and as a team during matches. They work hard and bring a lot of energy to everything they do."
"We've had two tough matches against Bowdoin in the past few weeks, so we have to prepare for another barnburner," noted Greenberg. "But we also need to play to win. We lost in NESCACs because we tried not to lose, and I don't see that being the case this time. Our guys are hungry to play them again."
The winner of the Williams-Bowdoin match will move on to the semifinals on Tuesday at 9:00 AM to face the winner of the #2 Emory versus #13 Johns Hopkins match.
"I'm excited for our two senior captains, Will Petrie and Kevin Shallcross, to go out with a bang," concluded Greenberg. "They've put so much into the program for four years and have been great captains and doubles pairings. They should have an awesome time in North Carolina."
Meyer, the Ephs #1 singles player, will compete in both singles and doubles as he teams with Bryan Chow to form the Ephs top tandem. Sun, who was recently named the NESCAC Player of the Year, will compete in the singles tournament.
Eph lineup versus Bowdoin:
1. Trey Meyer/Bryan Chow
2. Felix Sun/Matt Micheli
3. Kevin Shallcross/Will Petrie
1. Trey Meyer
2. Felix Sun
3. Matt Micheli
4. Zach Weiss
5. Bryan Chow
6. Will Petrie