WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Eph head coach Dan Greenberg '08, entering his 10th year at the helm of the Ephs, will have some rebuilding to do this year with the loss of two veteran doubles players and two veteran singles players from last year's 15-5 team that advanced to the national quarterfinals and finished fifth overall.
Lost to graduation were Brian Grodecki who played at number one doubles and singles, Jordan Sadowsky who played third doubles, and Sachin Raghavan who played number three singles.
"Our seniors will definitely be missed," noted Greenberg. "That said, they left the program in a great place, and the younger guys have both the ability and hunger to keep building on that legacy."
Of the four returning singles players from the last match of the season only #5 Deepak Indrakanti is a senior. Junior Ananth Raghavan played at #4 singles and #1 doubles in the NCAA quarterfinal, while junior Alex Taylor played at #2 doubles. They will be joined by two sophomores who played in last season's final match. Sophomores Austin Barr played at #2 and Arturo Kam played at #6.
Barr posted a singles record of 19-7 in his first intercollegiate campaign playing at #2 singles and is likely to move to the top of the Eph ladder. Ananth Raghavan went 16-5 last season. Deepak Indrakanti, who played #5 singles in the final match was 5-1 on the year. Kam played at #6 and posted a 12-3 singles record.
Junior Alex Taylor compiled a 16-5 singles mark last year before focusing on doubles for the post-season.
Sophomore Calvin Chung will battle for a spot on the singles ladder after going 7-2 a year ago. Chung teamed with Taylor last year in doubles and went 14-7.
The goals for this year's Eph team include repeating as Little Three champions, winning a NESCAC title, and competing for the NCAA Championship. But Greenberg and his team are much more focused on the year-long process.
"The fall is a great time for us to come together as a team and work on all our fundamentals that we can build off for the rest of the year," added Greenberg. "We have three tournaments, which gets us a good look at our competition, but mostly it's about training hard and preparing for the year ahead."
Greenberg's Ephs will open the season on Sept. 23 when they host RPI, Skidmore Springfield, and Vassar in a day-long event.