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Murad, Altmeyer win matches

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Vlad Murad and Scott Altmeyer won the first two singles matches for the 32nd-ranked Colby College men's tennis team in a 7-2 loss to fourth-ranked Bowdoin College on Thursday.

The Polar Bears, the defending NCAA champion, improved to 12-2 overall and 4-1 in the league. Colby drops to 10-6 overall and 2-4 in the NESCAC.

Murad, who is ranked ninth in the Northeast Region, took a 6-4, 6-2 win over fifth-ranked Luke Tercek. Murad is 43-21 in his singles career at Colby. He was honored before the match with fellow seniors Carl Reid and Cam Hillier (pictured).

Altmeyer also had a big win, defeating 19th-ranked Kyle Wolfe at second singles. Altmeyer won 6-1 in the first set, lost 6-0 in the second, and then took a 10-7 pro-set win.

Murad, Reid, and Hillier were one of the top classes in the history of the men's program. 

Hillier, a co-captain this year, has been a solid performer in the middle of the line-up his entire career. He holds a 21-21 record in singles and 26-21 mark in doubles after missing most of his junior year due to injury. Hillier's career highlights include: making the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Tournament in his junior year with partner Shaw Speer. He clilnched  a win over Cal Tech with a 6-4 ,6-1 win at sixth singles. Hillers has been the emotional leader for this team and his contributions will be missed.

Murad has been an outstanding performer at the top of the lineup and a huge part of the teams that have been nationally ranked for Colby. He has predominately played second singles and first doubles for his entire career, but his senior season he has worked hard and is having the best season of his career. Murad is currently 43-21 in singles and 50-22 in doubles for his career, putting him at 93 career total wins. He is currently ranked ninth in the Northeast ITA rankings and has an excellent shot of making the NCAA Division III Tournament as an individual. This past fall Murad had an amazing run while making the semifinals of the ITA Regional Tournament with a couple three-set wins over players from Williams. Murad also has teamed with Reid to make an excellent doubles team that qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2015.

Reid, who did not play on Thursday, will leave Colby as the most decorated player in program history. He is a two-time All-American in 2014 and 2015 and was NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2014. He currently sits at 56-18 in singles and 51-26 in doubles giving him 106 career wins. Carl has qualified for the NCAA Individual Tournament in both his first-year and sophomore seasons and has a shot again in his senior year, while currently seventh in the Northeast ITA rankings. He and Murad have teamed together for 49 wins all-time at firt doubles and have won the Wallach Invitational twice and qualified for the NCAA tourney in 2015.

Bowdoin 7, Colby 2


1: Luke Tercek/Grant Urken, B, d. Vlad Murad/Scott Altmeyer, 9-7

2: Kyle Wolfe/Jerry Jiang, B, d. Shaw Speer/Cam Hillier, 9-7

3: Gil Roddy/Justin Patel, B, d. Matt Martin/Luis Gonzalez Kompalic, 8-4


1: Murad, C, d. Tercek, 6-4, 6-2 

2: Altmeyer, C, d. Wolfe, 6-1, 0-6, (10-7)

3: Jiang, B, d. Speer, 6-1, 6-2

4: Roddy, B, d. Hillier, 6-3, 6-2

5: Luke Carstens, B, d. Nam Le, 6-1, 6-2

6: Patel, B, d. Jimmy McGuire, 6-4, 6-3