Men's Tennis

1998 NCAA Individual National Champion | 3 NCAA Tournaments | 1 Conference Championship

Spring Break Preview: Men's Tennis Set for Five Matches in Southern California

Spring Break Preview: Men's Tennis Set for Five Matches in Southern California

Men's Tennis Spring Break Schedule (all times eastern)
Saturday, March 16 at Whittier, 5 p.m. | Whittier, Calif.
Monday, March 18 vs. Nichols, 3:45 p.m. | Whittier, Calif.
Tuesday, March 19 vs. No. 3 Bowdoin, 2:15 p.m. | Claremont, Calif.
Thursday, March 21 at Concordia, 3 p.m. | Irvine, Calif.
Friday, March 22 vs. Denison, 1 p.m. | Claremont, Calif.

vs. Whittier: First meeting
vs. Nichols: The Beavers are 3-1 all-time against the Bison in a series that dates back to 2011, and won the last meeting 5-4 back in 2016.
vs. Bowdoin: The Beavers have dropped 11 straight matches against the Polar Bears dating back to 1998.
vs. Concordia: First meeting
vs. Denison: The Beavers and Big Red will officially meet for the first time in southern California after last year's match in Orlando, Fla., was suspended and later cancelled due to rain.

• Whittier (2-6) is coming off a 6-3 victory over Hardin-Simmons and has gone 1-3 this spring against nationally ranked opponents.
• Jesse Eccles is 4-2 overall and 3-2 at number six singles, while Thomas Koszowski and Matt Yanuck have gone 2-4 at second and fourth singles, respectively.
• Eccles and Chris Palacio have been the top doubles tandem going 3-3 at number three this spring.

• Nichols (3-3) has won two straight matches and is coming off a 7-2 victory over Assumption on Thursday.
• Since getting just one victory from Sebastian Penaloza at fourth singles in an 8-1 loss to Franklin Pierce last Saturday, the Bison have gone 6-0 in doubles and dropped just three singles.
• Nichols finished with an overall mark of 20-4 last year and has reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons.

• No. 3 Bowdoin (2-0) has opened the spring with back-to-back sweeps of Chapman and Skidmore in southern Califorinia.
• Jerry Jiang, who is 2-0 in singles and doubles dual match play, advanced to the singles final and won the doubles title alongside Justin Wang at the ITA New England Championships back in late September.
• The Polar Bears won the Division III national championship in 2016 and finished 23-2 last year while advancing to the NCAA Tournament final.

• Concordia (7-4) had its three-match winning streak snapped when it suffered a 5-2 loss to Division I California Riverside on Thursday.
• The Eagles won two of three doubles matches but dropped five of six singles matches, which includes three-set losses by Yassine Smiej and Teis Visser at number one and number three, respectively.
• A member of Division II's PacWest Conference, Concordia went 13-10 and recorded its highest finish in program history (third) at the conference tournament.

• No. 24 Denison (4-2) has won four straight matches and will face a trio of top-25 opponents before taking on Babson on March 22.
• Tim Cianciola is 8-3 overall and 5-1 at number three singles, Mitchell Thia has gone 3-3 at second singles and Vlad Rotnov is 6-6 overall and 2-4 at first singles.
• Cianciola and Thai are in 10-5 in all matches and 4-2 in dual-match doubles, while Kevin Brown has gone 8-9 overall and 2-0 at number two.

• Babson (4-0) rallied from a one-point deficit after doubles to stay unbeaten with a 5-4 win over Trinity on March 10.
• Junior Alberto De Mendiola is 7-1 in all matches, senior Brandon Rosenbluth is 3-0 at number three singles, and first-years Tyler Zhang and Ron Brody have combined to go 5-0 in dual-match singles play.
• De Mendiola and Rosenbluth lead the Beavers with five doubles victories and the duo of Zhang and senior Dylan Pace is 2-0 at number three.

• Babson is set for five matches in the span of seven days beginning on Friday as the program makes its first appearance in California since 2013.
• The Green and White, which is off to its best start since 1997, dropped matches to Bowdoin, Trinity and Tufts at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on its last spring break trip to the west coast.

• In four dual matches this season the Beavers have gone 20-4 in singles play, which includes winning four of six contests to rally past Trinity last Sunday.

• After facing a pair of ranked opponents in California, the Beavers are set to take on 10th-ranked Brandeis and No. 23 Bates following spring break.