Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men's tennis team, coached by Lori Shulman (2nd season), finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 5-9 overall record and 1-6 mark in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
The team opened the fall season at Middlebury Invitational where senior captains Rutendo Matingo (Weston, Mass.) and William Boyd (Hillsborough, Calif.) started off the doubles season 1-1 with a quarterfinals appearance in the "A" bracket. The duo also reached the quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Division III Regional Doubles Championships at Williams College in late September.
In the team's lone dual match of the fall, the Bantams knocked off Coast Guard, 5-4, New London. Matingo and Boyd secured the Bantams their lone doubles point with an 8-6 triumph at first doubles and also won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, while classmate Phillip Winser (St. Lazare, Quebec) won at No. 6 singles and first-year William Frigerio (Villanova, Pa.) won at No. 4 singles to life Trinity to the win.
Senior Samuel Buffum (Stonington, Conn.) played in and won his first career match, 3-6, 6-2, 10-8 in the opening round of the Wallach Invitational Men's Tennis Tournament "D" bracket at Bates College to close out the fall semester for the Bantams.
Trinity opened up the spring campaign with a pair of losses to begin their west coast spring trip to California but bounced back with a 6-3 victory over Chapman where senior tri-captain Jagger Riefler (Wimbledon, England) and junior Kyle Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) won as a doubles pair in straight sets and individually in singles play. Junior Rex Glickman (Chappaque, N.Y.) and first-year Courtland Boyle (Pembroke, Mass.) also won as a doubles pair while the Bantams took four-of-six singles matches.
The Bantams defeated Wheaton and Springfield, both by scores of 8-1, in their first two matches upon returning to New England. Trinity dropped three-straight matches to begin the month of April before picking up a 6-3 victory over in-state NESCAC rival Connecticut College on Senior Day. Against the Camels, Glickman and Boyd came away with the lone Trinity point after doubles play, winning, 8-5, at the top of the lineup, while the Bantams secured five singles wins to come away with the victory. Matingo battled back to take a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory at first singles, while Glickman posted a 6-3, 6-3 victory at second singles, and Riefler, Winser and Scheffers all won in straights sets.
Trinity was blanked in its final three matches of the season, against No. 8-ranked Wesleyan, top-ranked Middlebury and No. 10-ranked Williams, to finish the season with a 5-9 overall mark.
Scheffers led the squad this year with an 8-4 record in singles play and also won five doubles matches, all with Riefler. Riefler won four singles matches and concludes his career with eight doubles wins. Matingo concludes his Trinity career with 32 singles wins and won seven doubles matches this year as well. Boyd won five singles matches playing primarily at the No. 2 and No. 3 lineup spots to cap off his career with 15 singles victories. Boyd and Matingo combined to win 12 matches as a doubles team, the most of any duo on the team this season.
The Bantams also had success in the classroom this spring as Boyd, Matingo, Riefler, Winser, and sophomores Chris Caskin (Potomac, Md.) and Alexander Fallone (New York, N.Y.) were named to the NESCAC All-Academic team. Winser also represented the squad on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship team as well.
Boyd, Buffum, Matingo, Riefler and Winser all concluded their impressive Trinity careers this season. They have been part of teams that compiled a 32-29 record over the last four years and reached the NESCAC Championship Tournament twice.