Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's tennis program is excited to continue its annual success, as senior tri-captains Jordan Kemp (Bedford, N.Y.) and Michael Pucci (Greenwich, Conn.) and junior tri-captain Kayong Lee (Villanova, Pa.) lead a young but deep roster of 26 players who will battle each other throughout the year for prominent roles on the squad. With the expected development and improvement throughout the year, Trinity should once again contend for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament. The Bantams must replace multiple All-American selection Anson McCook, but return seven players, including five sophomores, who gained considerable experience a year ago. Trinity, ranked No. 24 nationally to close the 2011-12 campaign, is optimistic it can return to the post-season for the 10th year in a row and compete with the NCAA Division III's best teams.
Lee and senior Jugal Marfatia (Surat, India) are two veterans who have been steady varsity contributors throughout their respective careers. Abroad in the fall semester, Lee enjoyed a 14-9 season in 2011-12 and was also 10-6 in doubles with numerous partners. Marfatia has more than 40 varsity matches under his belt, and looks to build on his best season last year when he won 11 of his 21 decisions. Kemp and Pucci have exhibited impressive leadership skills in pre-season, while joining classmates Josh Altschuler (Annapolis, Md.) and Kyle Boguslawsky (Glastonbury, Conn.) as veterans providing depth.
Sophomore Ned Mandel (Chevy Chase, Md.), an All-NESCAC selection as McCook's doubles partner as a rookie, could enter the year at the top of the Bantam lineup afer posting a 13-8 mark a year ago playing in the upper half. Classmate Musyoka Mbithi (Orange, N.J.) was 10-2 last season, while sophomore Dan Carpenter (Wayzata, Minn.) led Trinity in singles decisions with 22 and finished with a 12-10 singles record. Sophomore Ilya Levin (Wellesley, Mass.) was 6-4 in singles and 12-7 in doubles, while sophomore David Myers (Winnetka, Ill.) won six of his seven varsity singles matches in 2011-12. A promising trio of freshman prospects are ready to contribute this season, as Camden Smith (Dedham, Mass.), Aaron Segel (Needham, Mass.), and Ford Traff (Wayzata, Minn.) will push the upperclassmen for spots in the lineup.