By Alexandra Hansen
Kenyon’s ninth-ranked men’s tennis team closed their regular season on Saturday with a 9-0 shutout over Wabash College. The victory increased their win streak to nine and their overall record to 15-3.
The Lords demonstrated their talent early in the day. Alex Rieger ’18 and Weston Noall ’18 seized the first point at number-three doubles, beating Wabash’s Graham McMullen and Mazin Hakin, 8-2. Colin Haas ’15 and Wade Heerboth ’15 followed this win with an 8-4 victory at number-two doubles. Soon after, Sam Geier ’16 and Tim Rosensteel ’15 secured the third point with an 8-4 win at number-one doubles.
Kenyon’s domination continued in singles, where the Lords didn’t drop a single game. Haas showed some outstanding play in number-six singles, winning the first singles match 6-0, 6-0, setting the standard for the rest of the team. Rosensteel helped the Lords clinch the match with his 6-3, 6-2 defeat at number-four singles, paving the way for wins by Geier, Davis Thrailkill ’15, Heerboth and Robert Turlington ’16.
The Lords are set to compete in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships this weekend. The men’s tennis team won all their conference matches this season and are favored to win the tournament. “Finishing up conference matches undefeated has our hopes high for a great NCAC tournament and the title,” Rieger said. The team has claimed the last eight conference titles, and, as Rieger said, “the Wabash match was a statement of the mindset we have for the rest of the season, and how badly we want a deep run in the [National Collegiate Athletic Association] championships.”