May 9, 2009

Courtesy of Kenyon Athletics

GAMBIER, Ohio - Kenyon College won its first game of the 2009 NCAA Division III men's tennis tournament in convincing fashion Saturday afternoon, advancing past Mount Union College by a 5-0 count. The Lords will host Carnegie Mellon University in the third round of the Sunday at 1 p.m. for the right to move on to the national quarterfinals May 19 in Claremont, California.

Seniors Daniel Becker (Portland, OR/Sunset) and Robert Alef (Golf, IL/Glenbrook South) set the tone for No. 7-ranked Kenyon (20-7) by breezing to an 8-1 win at the No. 3 doubles. Junior Charles Brody (Washington, DC/Sidwell Friends) and freshman Joshua Stiles (Chelsea, MI/Chelsea) then followed with an 8-3 decision in the top doubles flight, and sophomores Tomas Piskacek (Sestajovice, Czech./Gymnazium Spitalska) and Jeremy Polster (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) made it a Lords' sweep by piecing together an 8-5 win at the second doubles.

Piskacek moved Kenyon to the brink of advancement with his 7-6, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. A couple of matches were close to giving the Lords their fifth and decisive victory, but junior William VandenBerg's (Milwaukee, WI/University School) 6-2, 6-4 decision in the third flight ultimately gave the team its 12th-straight match win.

Kenyon's showdown with the No. 14 Tartans, a 5-1 winner over Kalamazoo College in Saturday's other action, will be a rematch. When the two squads met March 27th at Carnegie Mellon, the Lords won by a 6-3 margin.