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Men’s tennis eager for start of new season

February 4, 2011

As spring gets closer and closer, the men’s tennis team is gearing up for its season. The Scots are set to enter the season with a lot of experience on the squad this year. Led by seniors Ben Morrow, Sam Graf and juniors Chris Utterback, Tyler Lampe, and Kevin Miehlke, the Scots look to capitalize on the depth they are sure to have. Miehlke, a transfer student, looks forward to beginning his career as a Scot.

“We’ve all been working really hard during the off season,” said Miehlke. “ I think our hard work combined with our depth, is going to be very beneficial to us once the season gets going.”

Men’s tennis has been steadily gaining more and more recognition around campus over the past few years and looks to do the same this year.

Feb. 1, marked the official start of tennis season and the Scots look to start the season off with a bang.

“We worked so hard in the off season so we could hit the ground running once the first of the month got here,” said Morrow. “I think we’re all hungry after the way last year ended.”

After failing to finish in the top two of the southern division, the Scots missed out on the conference playoffs of the 2010 season. Finishing second in the conference in 2009, they were forced to settle for sixth place last year. The last time Monmouth won a men’s tennis conference title was in 1938.

“I think that this is our year,” said Graf. “I wouldn’t mind ending my career winning the first conference title in 72 years.”

Given the early start to the season, the Scots first few home matches will be held indoors in the Huff Center Field house; the first of which will be held Saturday Feb. 5, against Carthage College and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

“We’re excited about this season and I hope we can bring prominence back to men’s tennis at MC,” said Morrow. “We want the conference title, not just for the team, but for the school too.”

BY ANDREW FARRAHER
Contributing Writer

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