Franco leads Scots at regional event
October 4, 2013
Marco Franco made it to the round of 32 amidst elite competition last weekend as men’s tennis competed in the ITA Central Regional as part of their abbreviated fall season. A sophomore, Franco traded sets with Nathan Katz of Baldwin-Wallace University in the round of 64 before claiming the match 10-7 in the third. Franco was pleased to have a challenge in Kalamazoo this weekend, “The level of competition at the tournament was outstanding I have never seen consistent talent before.” The tournament included players from Kenyon College, Washington University and Elmhurst College.
Franco also advanced to the round of 16 with new doubles partner, senior Alex King. Franco found success in doubles as a freshman last year alongside his brother, Chris. Last year the Franco brothers went 16-4 in No. 2 doubles and finished second in the conference. Franco’s looking for more of the same with his new teammate, “I enjoyed every minute last year playing with my older brother Chris, but I have high expectations for me and Alex. He’s a good player, he just needs a partner to pick him up and keep him positive when he gets down when we have tough matches, and I believe I can do that. I know I’m only a sophomore, but I have a lot of wisdom and experience I can give him.”
Last year, men’s tennis claimed three titles at the Midwest Conference Championships all by then juniors David Johnson and David Stewart. The pair won conference titles at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively and together claimed the top prize at No. 1 doubles. That duo is part of the reason Franco thinks this team has what it takes to compete for a conference title, “I want to do it for our seniors and to bring the title back to Monmouth. We are all going to be working very hard in the offseason.”
Monmouth is primed but will face an uphill battle. Grinnell has won the men’s tennis Midwest Conference Championship for the past ten years.