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 (www.itatennis.com). 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.