Trinity Men's Tennis Finishes 2011-12 Ranked No. 24 In National Poll
Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men's tennis team, coached by Paul Assaiante (18th Season), was 9-8 overall and 5-4 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), closing the 2011-12 season with a 5-0 loss to Bowdoin in the NESCAC Championship First Round in Bennington, Vt. The Bantams finished ranked No. 7 in the ITA Division III Northeast Regional Poll and No. 24 in the ITA Division III National Poll.
The 2011-12 season opened on a positive note, as junior Jugal Marfatia (Surat, India) won the "C" singles flight and the Bantam doubles pair of sophomore Kayong Lee (Villanova, Pa.) and first-year Ilya Levin (Wellesley, Mass.) took "B" flight at the Trinity Invitational. Trinity rookies Musyoka Mbithi (Orange, N.J.) and David Myers (Winnetka, Ill.) followed the next weekend with "C" and "D" singles flight champion crowns at the Middlebury Invitational, while Levin and Myers teamed up to capture the Wallach Invitational "B" doubles title at Bates to close the fall campaign. After a 5-3 loss against then-No. 8-ranked Whitman to open the 2012 spring slate, senior tri-captain Anson McCook (Miami, Fla.) and first-year Ned Mandel (Chevy Chase, Md.) won, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles, and each posted a singles win in straight sets to vault the Bantams to their first win, 6-3, over then-No. 25-ranked Kalamazoo in California. Returning from the West Coast at 3-3, Trinity split four NESCAC matches before using a four-match winning streak to up its dual-match mark to 9-5. Home losses against nationally-ranked Amherst and Bates and the 5-0 loss to then-No. 10-ranked Bowdoin in the league playoffs closed out the year
McCook was named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III All-American Team, graced the All-NESCAC Second Team as a singles player, and joined Mandel on the All-NESCAC Second Team in doubles. McCook also represented Trinity on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team for the second time in three winters, and was named as the squad's MVP Award after leading the squad in singles wins with 15 against just six losses to finish the year ranked No. 14 nationally. Mandel/McCook led the Bantams in doubles triumphs with a 10-7 mark, and was ranked No. 8 in the nation among doubles tandems at the end of the spring. Senior tri-captains Dill Ayres (Laurel Hollow, N.Y.), Charles McConnell (New York, N.Y.), and McCook and sophomore Alec Leavitt (New York, N.Y.) were all named to the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team.
Ayres. McConnell, McCook and senior Trevor Marsden (Hanover, Mass.) can be proud of the legacy they have left over the last four seasons, having combined to lead the Bantams to four straight NESCAC Tournaments and a 41-28 team record. McCook, a two-time All-American and All-NESCAC First Teamer in singles, a three-time All-NESCAC Second Team selection for doubles, and a 2010 All-American in doubles, closes his career with a singles record of 57-22 to rank second in school history for career wins and a 58-33 doubles mark. McConnell was an All-NESCAC doubles player as a rookie in 2009.