Hartford, Conn., Mar. 12, 2012 – The Trinity College Bantam men's tennis team, coached by Paul Assaiante (16th Season), are ranked No. 5 in the Northeast and No. 18 nationally according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) at the close of the fall season. Trinity opens the spring campaign on Sunday, March 18 against No. 8-ranked Whitman at Pomona-Pitzer in Southern California.
The Bantams enjoyed a fantastic fall season in 2011, as the Bantams competed in highly competed individual tournaments at home and on the courts of nationally-ranked opponents Bates, Williams, and Middlebury. Trinity took home three singles and two doubles flight titles, while reaching the finals of five other tourney flights. The youthful but talented and deep Trinity roster proved itself worthy of national recognition with its efforts, as junior Juqal Marfatia (Surat, India) and rookies Musyoka Mbithi (Orange, N.J.) and David Myers (Winnetka, Ill.) won singles crowns, and freshman Ilya Levin (Wellesley, Mass.) won one doubles title with sophomore Kayong Lee (Villanova, Pa.) and a second playing alongside Myers. Trinity senior tri-captain Anson McCook (Miami, Fla.), an All-American throughout his Bantam career, and yet another freshman, Ned Mandel (Chevy Chase, Md.), each played into the third round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championships this fall as well.
McCook boasts a 47-19 career record in singles. He qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, where he won his opening-round match and nearly pulled off an upset against the No. 4-seeded player in the second round to collect All-American honors. McCook was also an All-American doubles player as a sophomore. He finished ranked No. 7 in the Northeast and No. 11 nationally among singles in 2011-12. Senior tri-captain Charles McConnell (New York, N.Y.) has been a starter in the singles lineup, and has been an All-NESCAC doubles performer, while senior tri-captain Dill Ayres (Laurel Hollow, N.Y.) also possesses varsity experience. Myers posted a 6-1 record during the fall, while Mbithi was 7-2, Marfatia was 6-2, and Lee finished 5-2. Levin was 11-2 as a doubles player, including 4-0 marks with both Lee and Myers in the fall.