For immediate release – 2/17/2017 -
Men's Tennis Opens Up 2017; Season Preview
LYNCHBURG, VA – After going into hibernation during the cold winter months, the Randolph College men's tennis team will return to action this weekend. The team begins its 2017 with a dual match on Saturday.
Along with the women's team, the WildCats will travel to Ferrum College for a 1 p.m. match. It will be the first time both teams play since the fall and should be a tight matchup. Last year, these two teams opened up February as well, and the 'Cats took a 6-3 decision. Singles went especially well, as Bradley Strober, JT von Seggern, Trevor Johnson, and Doug Corbett all earned wins, taking spots 1-4 respectively.
In addition, Randolph did even better the last time they were in Ferrum, sweeping the Panthers 9-0. Those same four all had wins during the 2015 match. Live stats are scheduled to be provided by FC, with the link being http://ferrumpanthers.com/sports/2015/2/3/GEN_0203151328.aspx?id=220.
The Randolph College men's tennis team has grown by leaps and bounds over the past couple of seasons. The team has set new records and reached higher seeds than have been previously seen. The team set a record for most wins in a season last year, and will look to build on that in 2017.
Head coach Jamie Megginson brings back many important pieces from last year's team. Bradley Strober highlights those pieces, as he was named a Second-Team All-ODAC selection at number one singles. He won 10 times in dual matches and is currently tied for fourth in singles wins in a career with 22. He was also a Second-Team selection at number one doubles. Back with him at that spot is Doug Corbett. The two went 4-1 at the top spot. Corbett also added seven wins at singles, playing in three different spots. He sits in third in the all-time rankings with 23 singles wins.
Joining those two are JT von Seggern and Trevor Johnson. Both have been important members on the team during their four years. Johnson is tied with Strober with 22 wins, while von Seggern sits in a tie for first with 24 wins. Last season, Johnson totaled 16 wins between singles and doubles. Included in that were eight on his own. Von Seggern also had a great season, posting 15 total wins. He went 8-4 in singles, falling in the ODAC on only three occasions.
Tuan Tran, Joe Kaneda, and Lane May are also back in the fold. Tran saw great success in limited action as a junior. He went 7-1 in doubles and added four more in singles action, including a 7-5, 6-2 win during the regular season finale against Lynchburg. Kaneda played mostly in singles and earned six wins. He had a great fall and will look to continue that momentum. May is one of the leaders of the team and will look toa push his teammates.
With the returners locked in and several newcomers entering the fold, the Randolph College men's tennis team will once again look to set a new high in 2017.