This article was first published in spring 2016
By Paul Crookston
After knocking off the CCC’s top team Roger Williams, men’s tennis dropped two of its remaining four conference matches, settling the for fourth seed. Saturday they will host a playoff match against Eastern Nazarene, whom they beat in the regular season.
Following up the women’s excellent fall season, Peter Amadon’s spring team has earned some signature wins and even had the conference lead after beating RWU. Then their old rival Endicott nipped them in a 5-4 match that went down to the wire, ending their win streak before a second CCC loss to Nichols brought them down to fourth.
Zach Hall ‘16 said, “That is the closest this group has come to beating Endicott and I don’t think that experience of getting deep into matches and playing under pressure can be replicated. Now that we have been that close I think we will be more confident and composed in pressure situations so we can come out on top in the big points.”
About Endicott, Hall’s first doubles partner Mason Casady ‘18 said, “If we want to beat them in the playoffs we have to continue to put the work in during practice and play with even more intensity during the match.” He has confidence in the team, saying, “We have a mindset in practice that we treat it as if it’s a match, and thus work to beat every team during practice.”
Joe Daugherty ‘16 said, “Doubles adjustments will be key as Endicott took two close doubles matches from us that really helped them beat us. After taking 5-4 losses to them the past three years, every guy on this team is just hoping to get the opportunity to beat them in the playoffs.”
Talking about his doubles partner Casady, Hall said, “In matches we have learned feed off of each other’s energy and we are always trying to pick each other up. We have also learned how to combine our strengths to pose the biggest threat to our opponents.”
The senior also sees that kind of spirit among the team as a whole. He said, “This year we have a team confidence that we did not have in previous years. Even though we started down 2-1 after doubles against RWU, as a team we still had complete confidence in each other and that gave us the energy to come back and win.”
Of course, there is also an emotional component to the playoffs. Dougherty said, “We were pretty bad my first couple years and so to be in contention for a conference title my senior year is really exciting. I’m thankful for the support of Mr. Tymann and the athletic department, the hard work and enthusiasm of Coach Amadon, and the effort and commitment to each other of every guy on our roster.”