WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Seven starters return for head coach Dan Greenberg off a team, which placed third nationally last spring.
And they're all seniors.
"We have a really great senior class," Greenberg, back for his third season, said. "And they've been through it all in their first three years; big wins, tough losses, and one step away from a national championship match. They've worked so hard for three years, I know they have big expectations for this year."
Felix Sun, who went 22-2 in singles play in the spring and became an All-American when he advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Div. III Singles Tournament, is one of those aforementioned seniors. So is Trey Meyer, who, from his position at No. 1 singles, rallied to help the Ephs beat Washington University 5-4 in the third-place team match.
Other senior starters include Bryan Chow and Zach Weiss, who played No. 5 and 4 singles, respectively, for much of the season. Chow teamed with Meyer at one doubles for most of the season, and that duo qualified for the NCAA Doubles Tournament, losing in the first round.
Other seniors include Thomas Daubert, Charles Hammond and Dylan Page.
"These guys are primed to have an amazing year," Greenberg said. "We have the players to have a great season, but they know they have to make sure we do the right kind of work in practice every day."
Two juniors bolstered the senior class, Matt Micheli, who was formidable at No. 3 singles last year, and Adam Reich, a contender to move into singles play. The rest of the roster consists of five first-years: Bryan Astrachan, Blake Mackall, Jose Raventos, Alexander Schidlovsky and Howard Weiss.
"As a group I think they have a lot of potential," Greenberg said. "The group is full of great personalities. The coolest thing is they have a chance to learn from that accomplished class of seniors. I think that will be awesome for them."
Greenberg will receive some help this year from assistant coach Jeff Archer, who played at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
"We're very excited to have Jeff on board," Greenberg said. "He brings a ton of ability and knowledge to the court, but he's also just a great presence. He'll really enrich our players'
day-to-day experience and add a spark to both our men's and women's programs. "
The Ephs open their brief fall season tomorrow with a 1 p.m. match at Wesleyan.