KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Four months after completing its 2011 fall schedule, the nationally-ranked Kenyon Lords returned to competition Saturday to launch its 2012 spring campaign. The break in action did not faze the Lords, who bounced back into form with a convincing 8-1 victory against the host Kalamazoo  Hornets.

Kenyon, ranked No. 7 in the country, got the ball rolling Saturday with a pair of wins in the last two doubles matches. At No. 2 doubles, freshman Michael Razumovsky and junior Austin Griffinpaired up to post an 8-4 win over Kalamazoo's Peter Rothstein and Alex Dombos. A few minutes later, junior Josh Stiles and freshman Tim Rosensteel wrapped up an 8-5 win over Steve Hanselman and David DeSimone.

When attention turned to singles play, the Lords swept all six matches to seal the overall team victory. At No. 1 singles, junior Paul Burgin (Baltimore, MD/Pikesville) defeated Nate Eddy, 6-1, 6-3. Next up, Razumovsky produced a 7-6, 6-3 win over Mark Denenfeld. The clincher came at No. 3 singles, where junior C.J. Williams (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Dombos.

Griffin ended up doubling his daily win total for Kenyon after defeating Hansleman 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in the No. 4 match and freshmen Wade Heerboth  and Jacob Huber  rounded out the Lords' wins by taking the No. 5 and No. 6 matches, respectively.

The Lords, now 1-0, won't have to wait as long for their next match. They'll get back to action Friday evening at home against Case Western Reserve University.