WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Williams College men's tennis team will begin their spring season on Saturday, March 11, with a match at Hamilton. This will be the Ephs only match before embarking on a trip over spring break to California, where they will play seven matches.
The Ephs look to capitalize on a successful fall season that saw them winning both of their matches. The team also played well in their final tournament at MIT. There were a few notable results: first year Alex Taylor advanced to the quarter finals, and in doubles, he and junior Brian Grodecki made it to the championship. According to head coach Dan Greenberg, the team used this momentum to help them train for the upcoming spring season.
"I feel really good about the work the guys did in the off-season," said Coach Greenberg. "They built a strong base fundamentally, which has allowed them to work on some new things in the last few weeks, and everyone's excited to translate it into matches starting Saturday. We have a tough schedule, but as long as we stay healthy, I think we can compete with anyone at any spot in the lineup."
The spring season accounts for most the matches that the Ephs will play. After the trip to California, nearly all the team's matches will be against NESCAC teams. Overcoming the strength of these in-conference foes will be one of the greatest challenges to Greenberg and the team. "Across the board, the NESCAC has gotten so deep," he said. "In no sport can you expect an easy NESCAC matchup, and in tennis especially, every weekend will be back-to-back battles with the best teams in the conference and the country."
The roster features three first-years: Taylor, Benjamin Lebowitz, and Ananth Raghavan. The sophomore class includes Alexandre Gueganic, Deepak Indrakanti, Christian O'Conner, and Yuxin (Christopher) Wu. The junior class, meanwhile, comprises of Grodecki, Sachin Raghavan, Jordan Sadowsky, and Rehaan Vij. The roster is completed by two seniors and Williamstown natives: Rohan Shastri and Alex White.
Although the matchup with Hamilton is the official beginning to the spring season, Coach Greenberg is not in a rush to finalize the lineups. "Our doubles teams have taken shape, but in terms of singles, we have to play some more matches to figure out who's ahead, because everyone's close. And it can always change over the course of the season."
The Ephs will look to continue their fall success in the spring with the match at Hamilton. Last year, the team went 13-4, which the Ephs are hoping to improve upon even without four seniors from last year. The match will begin at 2:00 PM.