Men's Tennis

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Spring Break Preview: Men's Tennis Set for Five Matches in Southern California

Spring Break Preview: Men's Tennis Set for Five Matches in Southern California

Men's Tennis Spring Break Schedule (all times eastern)
Saturday, March 16 at Whittier, 5 p.m. | Whittier, Calif.
Monday, March 18 vs. Nichols, 3:45 p.m. | Whittier, Calif.
Tuesday, March 19 vs. No. 3 Bowdoin, 2:15 p.m. | Claremont, Calif.
Thursday, March 21 at Concordia, 3 p.m. | Irvine, Calif.
Friday, March 22 vs. Denison, 1 p.m. | Claremont, Calif.

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Whittier: First meeting
vs. Nichols: The Beavers are 3-1 all-time against the Bison in a series that dates back to 2011, and won the last meeting 5-4 back in 2016.
vs. Bowdoin: The Beavers have dropped 11 straight matches against the Polar Bears dating back to 1998.
vs. Concordia: First meeting
vs. Denison: The Beavers and Big Red will officially meet for the first time in southern California after last year's match in Orlando, Fla., was suspended and later cancelled due to rain.

SCOUTING THE POETS
• Whittier (2-6) is coming off a 6-3 victory over Hardin-Simmons and has gone 1-3 this spring against nationally ranked opponents.
• Jesse Eccles is 4-2 overall and 3-2 at number six singles, while Thomas Koszowski and Matt Yanuck have gone 2-4 at second and fourth singles, respectively.
• Eccles and Chris Palacio have been the top doubles tandem going 3-3 at number three this spring.

SCOUTING THE BISON
• Nichols (3-3) has won two straight matches and is coming off a 7-2 victory over Assumption on Thursday.
• Since getting just one victory from Sebastian Penaloza at fourth singles in an 8-1 loss to Franklin Pierce last Saturday, the Bison have gone 6-0 in doubles and dropped just three singles.
• Nichols finished with an overall mark of 20-4 last year and has reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons.

SCOUTING THE POLAR BEARS
• No. 3 Bowdoin (2-0) has opened the spring with back-to-back sweeps of Chapman and Skidmore in southern Califorinia.
• Jerry Jiang, who is 2-0 in singles and doubles dual match play, advanced to the singles final and won the doubles title alongside Justin Wang at the ITA New England Championships back in late September.
• The Polar Bears won the Division III national championship in 2016 and finished 23-2 last year while advancing to the NCAA Tournament final.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
• Concordia (7-4) had its three-match winning streak snapped when it suffered a 5-2 loss to Division I California Riverside on Thursday.
• The Eagles won two of three doubles matches but dropped five of six singles matches, which includes three-set losses by Yassine Smiej and Teis Visser at number one and number three, respectively.
• A member of Division II's PacWest Conference, Concordia went 13-10 and recorded its highest finish in program history (third) at the conference tournament.

SCOUTING THE BIG RED
• No. 24 Denison (4-2) has won four straight matches and will face a trio of top-25 opponents before taking on Babson on March 22.
• Tim Cianciola is 8-3 overall and 5-1 at number three singles, Mitchell Thia has gone 3-3 at second singles and Vlad Rotnov is 6-6 overall and 2-4 at first singles.
• Cianciola and Thai are in 10-5 in all matches and 4-2 in dual-match doubles, while Kevin Brown has gone 8-9 overall and 2-0 at number two.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (4-0) rallied from a one-point deficit after doubles to stay unbeaten with a 5-4 win over Trinity on March 10.
• Junior Alberto De Mendiola is 7-1 in all matches, senior Brandon Rosenbluth is 3-0 at number three singles, and first-years Tyler Zhang and Ron Brody have combined to go 5-0 in dual-match singles play.
• De Mendiola and Rosenbluth lead the Beavers with five doubles victories and the duo of Zhang and senior Dylan Pace is 2-0 at number three.

RETURN TO THE WEST COAST
• Babson is set for five matches in the span of seven days beginning on Friday as the program makes its first appearance in California since 2013.
• The Green and White, which is off to its best start since 1997, dropped matches to Bowdoin, Trinity and Tufts at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on its last spring break trip to the west coast.

SURGING IN SINGLES PLAY
• In four dual matches this season the Beavers have gone 20-4 in singles play, which includes winning four of six contests to rally past Trinity last Sunday.

WHAT'S UP NEXT
• After facing a pair of ranked opponents in California, the Beavers are set to take on 10th-ranked Brandeis and No. 23 Bates following spring break.

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