Young men's tennis team ready for spring season

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The 33rd-ranked Colby College men's tennis team heads into the 2018 spring season with some talented returners and some promising newcomers for head coach Jason Cohen.

The Mules lost two of the top players in program history in Carl Reid and Vlad Murad, but Colby has a number of players returning who earned points in dual matches last year.
"I am very interested and excited to see how we do this year," Cohen said. "It's obvious  we have lost some of the best players in Colby tennis history, but that does not limit our expectations." 
Colby opens the season Saturday at home against Franklin Pierce University at noon. The Mules play host to Hamilton College on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Senior captains Jeremy Mendoza and Shaw Speer will provide the leadership. The two also will play key roles in the top six.
The Mules had a solid fall season, winning three of four flights at the Gordon/Endicott Tournament. First-year Sumukh Pathi made the round of 16 at the ITA New England Regional tourney.
Pathi and Scott Altmeyer (pictured) are expected to be the top two singles players. Altmeyer went 10-6 in singles, mostly playing from the third spot. 
Sophomores Luis Gonzalez Kompalic and Jonathan Hallal should compete for spots. Sam Hoenig, Nam Lee, and Jimmy McGuire also return for the Mules.
First-years Garrett Reiter, Peter Messenger, and Hans Hwang will battle for positions. 
"This is the most prepared and collectively motivated team we have had," said Cohen, who will be assisted by Carolina Hannes. "I certainly expect some challenges as there always is with a very young team, but I guarantee this team will improve everyday and fight in every match."


Colby will play a tough spring schedule, with eight of the 18 matches against teams in the top 40.