Preparing for league tourney


By Kirti Chakote

With a dismal record from last year (4-8 overall), the Union Men’s Tennis team is looking to rebuild this year. The tennis team began the 11-12 season against Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in the fall with a dominating win of 9-0. Union defeated MCLA with a 24-0 sweep in doubles play and yielded just four games in singles.

After losing five seniors from last season—Saul Kurtz, Mike Canner, Matt Goodnow and Alex Katz—the Dutchmen are now a young team. Comprised of five underclassmen in a roster of eight players, the relatively inexperienced team is led by captain Dan Nault ‘12. Along with Nault, Shaun Champaneria ‘14 is another returning starter. They both play at number one doubles, while Nault and Champaneria play at number one and number two singles, respectively.

Unfortunately after a dominating first win, the Dutchmen have been inconsistent this season (4-5 overall).

They lost four straight matches following the first one, losing against RPI, SUNY Oneonta, Skidmore College and Oneonta State.

However, in the second game of the spring season, Union grudged out a close match against Bard College to win 5-4. The Raptors are currently in first place in the league.

During the match, Nault was very impressive as he rallied back from being a set down in his singles contest.

After losing the first game 0-6, Nault won the next two 6-2 and 6-1.

After Bard College, Union lost to RIT. Following that, the team won its past two games against Hartwick College and Utica College.

A big reason for these past couple of wins, along with the other wins, has been because of the great play from Grant Zaccareo ‘15 and Andrew Schwartz ‘13, who play the number two doubles. The boys have been competitive against teams that are a bit more talented.

The Union Men’s Tennis team is looking to be dominant in their next two games. They play RPI on Tuesday and Hamilton College on Thursday.

They are working to pull out key victories in order to be placed as a high seed in the Liberty League tournament next weekend.

With a couple of strong victories, Union has shown improvement compared to last season. They hope the hard work from this year will carry on into the coming seasons. They are optimistic for the future as some impressive recruits are expected to join the Dutchmen roster next year.


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