Men's Tennis Season Preview
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The Washington College men's tennis team is set for its spring dual match season, which begins the first Saturday in March.
The Shoremen welcome back six returners from last year's team, which finished 9-8 overall and 6-3 in the Centennial Conference and earned a spot in the five-time Centennial Conference Tournament. The Shoremen will open the spring ranked 11th in the Atlantic South region.
Headlining the Shoremen's list of returners is sophomore Vishnu Rajes (Yercaud, India/St. John's), who went 3-5 at No. 2 singles and 3-4 at No. 3 singles last spring. He also went 7-10 in doubles, playing primarily at No. 2 with current junior captain Marc Cywinski (Brisbane, Australia/Pendleton [FL]). Cywinski was named the team's Most Improved Player last season after going 5-3 at No. 4 singles and 4-3 at No. 5.
Sophomore Dan Boaté (West Chester, PA/Reed Henderson) went 5-3 at No. 3 and 3-3 at No. 4 singles last spring. He was also 9-7 at No. 3 doubles. Junior captain Joel Novick (Cape May Court House, NJ/Middle Township) was 2-0 at No. 6 singles, 0-1 at No. 4 singles, and 0-1 at No. 3 doubles. Rounding out the Shoremen's returners are senior Andrew Pearson (Flourtown, PA/Springfield Township) and sophomore Ryan Holtschneider (Perry Hall, MD/Perry Hall). Pearson was 0-1 at No. 3 doubles, while Holtschneider was 1-0 at No. 5 singles last spring. The Shoremen also have one new player on the roster in sophomore Patrick Schoen (Woodbury Heights, NJ/Westtown School [CT]).
At this past fall's ITA Southeast Regional Championships, Novick and Pearson won the B3 Draw in doubles.
David Donn is in his second year as the Shoremen's head coach and welcomes back Lauren Donnelly as an assistant coach. Jim Orange is also on board as an assistant coach. Orange has served as a volunteer assistant coach for the program several times in the past and as the manager for Schottland Tennis Center.
The Shoremen open their season March 2nd with a non-conference match at Goucher. The Shoremen's first home match is slated for March 8th against St. Mary's College of Maryland. Washington's schedule this spring includes six of the current top 10 teams ranked in the Atlantic South region - Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore, Haverford, and Franklin & Marshall within the Centennial Conference and non-conference opponents Mary Washington and Christopher Newport. Also on the schedule is a match against The College of New Jersey, ranked 12th in the Northeast region.