CHESTERTOWN, Md. — The Washington College men's tennis team opens the 2019 dual-match season seeking its third consecutive Centennial Conference Tournament berth. With seven student-athletes returning from last year, including the top two singles players, the Shoremen are poised to reach that goal this spring.
Senior Chris Salisbury (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) returns for his third season at the top of the line-up. Salisbury earned All-Centennial Conference second team honors for singles last season, picking up a Centennial Conference Co-Player of the Week honor along the way. He went 6-7 at No. 1 singles last spring and split time at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
Senior captain Jake Sandler (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook) played primarily at No. 2 singles last spring, but also saw some time at No. 1. In doubles, he split time between No. 1 and No. 3. He is a two-time All-Centennial Conference selection in singles, a two-time Team Most Valuable Player, and a two-time Centennial Conference Player of the Week.
Sophomore Koby Bonta (Towson, Md./Loch Raven) played most of his singles matches at No. 3 last spring and led the team in total combined wins (singles and doubles) last season. He picked up All-Centennial Conference honorable mention recognition and was named the team's Most Valuable Player.
Sophomore Kyle Hickey (Lexington, Mass./Laurel Springs School [Calif.]) saw most of his time at No. 4 singles and the top two doubles spots last spring. Junior August Meriot (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) played at No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 singles, picking up eight wins among those three spots. He also saw some time at No. 3 doubles. Sophomore Andrew Smith (Bellmore, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) primarily played doubles as a freshman, playing in 15 matches at the second and third doubles spots. Junior Mitchell Evans (Koloa, Hawaii/Kaua'i) played in three matches at No. 3 doubles last spring and was named the team's Most Improved Player.
Head coach Oliver Reynolds and assistant coach Clay Allen both return for their second seasons with the Shoremen and will guide them through a schedule featuring a Division I opponent and a pair of nationally-ranked conference foes.
Total Matches: 17 (11 home, 4 away, 2 neutral)
Season and Home Opener: March 2 v. Methodist (10 a.m.)
Centennial Opener: March 30 v. Muhlenberg (1 p.m.)
Centennial Home Opponents: Muhlenberg (3/30), Gettysburg (4/6), McDaniel (4/10), #19 Swarthmore (4/16), Ursinus (4/27)
Centennial Away Opponents: Haverford (4/2), Franklin & Marshall (4/13), Dickinson (4/20), #16 Johns Hopkins (4/24)
Non-Conference Home Opponents: Methodist (3/2), College of Charleston (3/2), Goucher (3/8), Immaculata (3/22), Randolph-Macon (3/31), Salisbury (4/25)
Non-Conference Neutral Opponents: Lake Forest (3/10 @ Hilton Head, S.C.), LeTourneau (3/13 @ Hilton Head, S.C.)