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TRINITY MEN'S TENNIS 2019 Season Recap

Hartford Conn. – The Trinity College men’s tennis team, led by fourth year Head Coach Lori Shulman, finished the 2018-19 season with a 3-11 overall record and 1-8 mark in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) while playing one of the toughest schedules in the country. Despite its record, the team saw a handful of strong efforts that sets up the team nicely for next season.

The Bantams started the fall season at the Connecticut College Invitational in late-September. The doubles pair of Courtland Boyle (Pembroke, Mass.) and Ross DeRose (Buffalo, N.Y.) won both their matches while senior co-captain Chris Caskin (Potomac, Md.) and rookie Dylan Powell (Warwick, Bermuda) also picked up a victory in doubles action. Senior co-captain Alexander Fallone (New York, N.Y.) went 2-0 to highlight Trinity's singles performances.

Trinity closed the fall schedule at the Wallach Invitational at Bates College in early-October. There, DeRose went 1-1 in singles play to reach the second round of the"B" singles flight where he ultimately fell.

Courtland Boyle '20 & Ross DeRose '22

Trinity opened the spring season with a 5-4 loss at Babson before taking to the West Coast for its annual spring break trip to California. The Bantams fell in a trio of tough matches before returning home to face Coast Guard on March 30th. Against the Bears, Trinity earned its first win of the year, a 7-2 triumph.

Sophomore Chris Bilicic (Chicago, Ill.) and classmate Granville Kaynor (New Orleans, La.) eked out an 8-7 victory in the No. 3 doubles match while junior William Frigerio (Villanova, Pa.) and sophomore Tanner Boyle (Pembroke, Bermuda) won by the same score at second doubles. Leading, 2-1, after doubles play, Trinity took five of the six singles points, including three on straight-set triumphs by Bilicic, Caskin and DeRose. Powell and fellow first-year Charles Kilborn (Winnetka, Ill.) both rallied back from opening-set losses to take the next two at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively.

Granville Kaynor '21 (top-left), Dylan Powell '22 (top-right) & Chris Caskin '19 (bottom)

The Bantams hit a rough patch after Coast Guard before picking up their second win of the year, and first NESCAC win of the year, on April 20th at Hamilton. Against the Continentals, Trinity turned in a gutsy performance to come away with a 5-4 decision. Bilicic and sophomore Kaynor won a close match at third doubles, 8-7 (3), while senior Caskin and Powell posted an 8-4 victory at second doubles to give Trinity a 2-1 lead entering singles play. Kilborn won at No. 6 singles in straight sets, while Bilicic and DeRose both came back from losses in the first set of their respective singles matches to take the second, 7-6, and the third, 6-3, to push Trinity to the win.

Chris Bilicic '21

Trinity ended the season on a high note, defeating Ithaca College, 6-3, at home. The Bombers and Bantams split the first two doubles matches with Bilicic and Kaynor winning, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles. Trinity pulled ahead with the final victory of the doubles session when Caskin and Powell scored a late break in an 8-6 triumph in the second slot. Bilicic gave the Bantams a 3-1 lead with the only singles win in straight sets without tiebreakers of the match, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 3 spot. DeRose came out on top with a 10-7 win in the super-tiebreaker after each player earned a 6-3 win in the first two sets at second singles before Caskin and Kilborn went on to win at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively, to come away with the victory.

Trinity had a successful year in the classroom as Bilicic, Caskin, Courtland Boyle, and Fallone were all named to the NESCAC All-Academic team thanks to their hard work in academics. Caskin also represented the squad on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship team.

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