Fourth-year Williams head men's tennis coach, Dan Greenberg '08, has seven seniors and two juniors back to make a run at the 2013 NCAA title. Also on hand is a trio of talented first year players who could make an appearance in the Eph lineup this spring.
In the first three years of Greenberg's tenure, his Ephs have finished 9th, 4th and 3rd in the nation. The time is now for the senior-oriented Ephs to take the final steps and capture the NCAA title. Under former head coach Dave Johnson '71; the Ephs won the NCAA crown in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
Greenberg has fashioned an overall record of 49-19 through the fall of 2012, and his Ephs are 8-4 in NCAA Tournament contests.
During the fall portion of the schedule, the Ephs played one dual match, downing Little Three foe Wesleyan 7-2. Completing the fall schedule, the Ephs hosted the ITA New England Championships and competed in the Dartmouth Shootout.
The highlight of the fall was the doubles team of senior Trey Meyer and junior Matt Micheli taking the ITA New England Championships title and advancing to the National Small College Championships in Mobile, AL, where they won the Division III title.
As the ITA New England doubles champions Meyer and Micheli earned All-America honors.
Three of the four doubles teams in the semifinals of the ITA regional tournament were from Williams. The other two Eph pairings featured a senior/freshman duo. Senior Felix Sun and first year Alex Schidlovsky comprised one tandem, and senior Bryan Chow teamed with first year Brian Astrachan.
|Dylan Page '13|
|Zach Weiss '13|
|Adam Reich '14|
Chow/Astrachan lost to the top-seeded pair from Bates Robert Crampton/Matt Bettles, 8-4, while Sun/Schidlovsky fell to teammates Meyer/Micheli 8-5.
This marked the second year in a row that Trey Meyer was part of the top doubles team in the nation, as he won the 2011 regional and national title with classmate Bryan Chow.
"I realized this fall how deep we could be in singles and doubles, Greenberg stated. "I knew the freshmen had potential, but they've really worked hard and learned a lot from the juniors and seniors, which means they could definitely contribute. And of course the upper-classmen have all contributed in significant ways and will use their experience to lead the way."
Greenberg has a nationally recognized quartet of players to build his lineup around this spring. Trey Meyer and Felix Sun have earned All-America honors in singles and doubles, while Bryan Chow and Matt Micheli have earned All-America recognition in doubles.
"These guys have competed and proved themselves against the best players in the country and know what it takes to win those big matches," said Greenberg. "That's a great example for the rest of the guys in terms of inspiration and confidence in what we can do."
Greenberg has yet to settle on his spring lineup, but he has plenty of talent and experience on hand to make three top doubles teams and field a strong sextet of singles competitors in various combinations. On the list of coach's dilemmas, this is the one every coach wants to have at the top of his list or problems to be solved.
Greenberg is excited that senior Dylan Page as returned to good health for his final spring campaign. . "Dylan is finally healthy after a tough junior year," said Greenberg. "He's doing great so far and will hopefully have an awesome senior spring. He's working hard as always and brings a lot of positive energy to the team."
Tournament tested senior appears to be on the top of his game heading into his final spring season. "Zach has been such a tough competitor for us for three years, and so far this spring, he's playing the best tennis I've seen from him," stated Greenberg. "If he's confident, he'll be very hard to beat."
Junior Adam Reich adds experienced depth. "Adam's amazing because he's been very unlucky with injuries and yet always brings a great attitude and tenacity to every practice," Greenberg pointed out. "No matter the situation, he will make the best of it."
Into the mix of above experienced talent Greenberg can also add three freshmen that performed well in the fall -- Brian Astrachan, Alex Schidlovsky and Howard Weiss (younger brother of senior Zach). All three rookies are expected to push the returning veterans for lineup spots.
The Ephs will open their spring portion of their schedule on March 9th when they head west to Clinton, NY to face NESCAC foe Hamilton.
The Ephs' next eight matches will take place on the west coast with a March 19th match at Pomona-Pitzer serving as the opener of their spring trip.
The Ephs will also face perennial national powers UC Santa Cruz, Redlands, and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
When the Ephs return to campus, six of their nine remaining regular season matches will be at home, while the matches vs. Amherst, Middlebury, and Tufts will be on the road.