Coast Guard Men's Tennis 2017 Preview

The Bears, who have registered back-to-back winning seasons, are ranked 19th in the Northeast after going 2-1 in the Fall portion of the schedule.
Coast Guard, which has advanced to the semifinals of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament for the past three seasons, must replace its top All-conference #1 doubles team of Weston Fortna and Mark Guentert, who also played #1 and #4 singles.
Sophomore Tom Hackett was 7-9 in singles play during dual matches last season including 5-7 at #2. He will bump up and play #1 singles. He was 2-1 during the Fall.
Junior John Hu, who was 13-3 in dual matches including a perfect 8-0 at #6, is the Bears #2 singles. He was 2-1 in the Fall at that spot.
Junior captain Mike Melampy, who was 9-3 at #5 singles last season, was 2-0 as the Bears #3 singles player in the Fall.
Sophomore Jack Phillips, who was 2-1 in singles play last season, could see time at #4 or #5 singles while freshmen Adam Bahney, Arthur Wicke and sophomore Adrian Chau will also battle for time as singles starters for the Bears.
In doubles action, the Bears used several different combinations in the Fall with Hackett playing all three dual matches at #1 doubles after going 7-5 with junior Ben Errington at #2 doubles last season. Errington played all three #2 doubles matches in the Fall while Bahney and Hu won both matches they played at #3 doubles in the Fall season.
Last year, Melampy and Phillips were 12-7 as a doubles team including a 6-4 record leading the way as the #3 doubles team for the Bears.
Coast Guard will open the Spring season with eight straight road matches before taking on national power and NEWMAC rival MIT in the home opener on April 15th.

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