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After posting a 2-1 record in the fall, with the only loss coming to Division II powerhouse Bloomsburg University, the Wilkes University men’s tennis team will look to continue their success this spring.  The team will travel to Hilton Head, SC to play two matches against Eastern and Lynchburg on March 4th and 5th to open up their spring season

The Colonels will rely heavily on an influx of freshman in their starting lineup as they look to improve upon last season’s 8-6 record.
            
Despite playing many rookies who are relatively inexperienced at the collegiate level, head coach Chris Leicht and his team are very excited about the upcoming season. “We were able to play an extensive fall schedule, with three matches and two tournaments, which gave me a good look at the freshman and the different combinations we can put on the court,” commented Leicht. “This is the deepest team I have ever had, as well as the best recruiting class I have ever had. We will have at least four freshmen in our top seven, who are new to the college scene. Other coaches may see this as a weakness, but they come from very strong programs and are ready to contribute right away.”
            
Freshman Wes McCollum will be the team’s ace this spring after playing each match in the fall at first singles. On top of his 7-2 singles record, he also garnered a 6-1 doubles record with fellow freshman Jon Rohrbach, with their only defeat coming against Bloomsburg. According to coach Leicht, McCollum is a very solid all-around player, who is extremely fast, consistent, and tough to beat.
            
Junior Kyle Ungvarsky, who posted a 10-4 record last season and is a two-time first team All-Freedom Conference performer, will look to continue his successful career as the Colonels second singles player. “Kyle and Wes are both capable of being successful first singles players. They are very competitive, and bring out the best in each other,” stated Leicht. Another freshman, Chris Cozzillio, will come in and play in the team’s third singles position after posting a 6-1 record in the fall. Fourth singles will be occupied by Rohrbach, who posted a 5-2 singles record to go along with the 6-1 doubles record he had with McCollum in the fall.
            
With an injury to junior Cory Golden, the team’s fifth and six singles position will be up for grabs. Seniors Josh Gardner and Tom Miller, as well as freshman Brian Fanelli will each compete to fill out the final two spots. “It is always nice to have one extra player, just in case there is an injury or a school conflict. That is not something that we have always had,” added Leicht.
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