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The Wilkes University men’s tennis team will begin their 2007 season on Saturday, March 17, when they entertain Elizabethtown College at 1 p.m. at the Ralston Complex.
The Colonels return only four veterans, including two starters, from last year’s squad that fashioned an overall record of 14-6 and garnered their fourth straight trip to the Freedom Conference playoffs.
Despite the loss of four starters in their singles lineup, head coach Chris Leicht still feels that the Colonels will still put a competitive squad on the court. “We are going to be young and inexperienced this season,” commented Leicht. “But, I still believe that we will be very competitive. Kyle Ungvarsky is back at the number-one position, where he posted a winning record last season, so we are going to need to rely on him. We also return Tom Miller, who played out of the fifth and sixth singles positions last year. He has worked very hard during the off-season and should be able to move up in the lineup.”
Ungvarsky, a sophomore, earned first team All-Freedom Conference honors as a freshman after posting an overall record of 14-10 in singles play. Ungvarsky was also 17-6 in doubles play while playing with several different partners. Miller heads into his junior season after finishing with a 12-11 singles record in 2006. Miller was also 4-7 in doubles play, including a 2-0 record with Ungvarsky when the pair teamed up.
Wilkes has two other veterans to rely on in sophomore Chris Noll and senior Salman Punekar. Noll had a solid rookie season, going 7-2 in singles competition and 14-3 in doubles play. Punekar had a 0-2 singles record last season and was 0-1 in doubles.
Five newcomers will look to crack the starting lineup for the Colonels this season. The list includes sophomore Cory Golden and freshmen Greg Cooke, Matt Kenney, John Morgan and Nick Williams.
“We have a very solid group of newcomers who should be able to contribute,” stated Leicht. “Matt Kenney and Nick Williams will likely find their way into the lineup, while Cory Golden will definitely be in the mix. The nice thing is that we have nine guys that can play, so the competition for starting berths will be very exciting.”
Leicht feels that the Colonels can continue their recent string of success this season. “The players have worked very hard as a group during the off-season, so I am very encouraged. We need to continue to work hard everyday and then let the chips fall where they may. I feel that we are still very capable of competing for a playoff berth.”