Trinity Men's Tennis Ranked No. 14 Nationally Heading Into Spring Break Trip To California

Hartford, Conn., Mar. 17, 2011 – The Trinity College men's tennis team, which has earned an NCAA Division III Championship Tournament bid in eight of the last 11 seasons, is ranked No. 4 in the Northeast Region and the No. 14 in the nation according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III rankings (  The Bantams, which competed in the Middlebury College Invitational, the Bates College Invitational, and the ITA Regional Championships this fall, will return to action with a spring trip to California next week before embarking on its always-competitive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schedule in 2011.  Trinity opens against the dual-match season against No. 12-ranked California Lutheran at Cal.-Santa Cruz on Sunday, March 20.

Trinity, coached by Paul Assaiante (15th Season), finished the 2009-10 season with a 13-6 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the NESCAC, qualifying for the league championship tournament for the fourth straight season.  The Bantams earned the No. 5 seed in the league tourney and downed Bowdoin, 5-2, indoors at Hampshire College in the NESCAC First Round before falling to Middlebury, 5-0, in the semifinals.  The team finished ranked No. 4 in the 2009-10 ITA Division III Northeast Regional Poll and No. 14 in the ITA Division III National Poll.

Bantam senior tri-captain Richard Bonfiglio (Bronxville, N.Y.) was 16-4 in singles and 13-7 in doubles last season, while junior Anson McCook (Miami, Fla.) led the squad in singles wins with 17 against just seven losses and added a 19-9 doubles mark in 2009-10.  Other top players for the Bantams include senior tri-captain David Dessau (New York, N.Y.), who was 7-5 in singles last spring, senior tri-captain D.J. Patrick (Atlanta, Ga.), who is 9-5 in his career varsity matches, and junior Charles McConnell (New York, N.Y.), who was an All-NESCAC honoree in doubles as a rookie.  Bonfiglio was 4-2 in the fall season, reaching the finals of the Middlebury Tournament, and freshman Kayong Lee (Villanova, Pa.) was the top rookie with a 3-3 singles mark.

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