Section: Sports

Men’s Tennis

By Alex Pijanowski

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region Tournament was in Indianapolis this year. Lords tennis made its annual appearance, with players from Kenyon winning one bracket and reaching the finals in another.

ITAs score individual singles players or doubles teams.

Assistant Coach Alvin Cheng said that the weekend was “not quite up to expectations, but [it] gives us a lot of room to move forward.”

Wade Heerboth ’15 and Rob Turlington ’15 won the doubles bracket two seasons ago, so they expected to do well in the 2014 iteration of ITA. The Turlington-Heerboth team made it to the quarterfinals this year, but lost thereafter.

Turlington and Nick Fiaschetti ’17 both advanced to the round of 32 in the primary singles bracket before falling. Mike Roberts ’17 won the consolation singles bracket.

The ITA tournament is the more demanding of the two fall events, so it presented many challenges. Heerboth said that, at ITAs, athletes will play “two singles matches and two doubles matches a day, as long as you keep winning.”

“A lot of it’s mental, because no matter how well-prepared you are, you’re going to be tired if you make it deep into the tournament,” Heerboth said.

The team is larger than in recent years; it has 18 players, compared to 15 in 2013 and 14 in 2012. This is sometimes a difficulty, but looks to be an advantage in the long-term.

“It gives us a lot more options,” Cheng said. “It allows us to develop the players without having the pressure of having to put them through the fire.”

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