Kalamazoo College's Student Newspaper
By Jackson Vaughn
After playing some of the toughest opponents the nation has to offer, the tennis teams enter a two-week break a little beat up but unbowed, before the women head to Orlando, Fla. and the men head to the east coast for their Spring Break training trip.
The women have played three nationally ranked teams already, and the season has barely started. Coach Mark Murphy set the goals for the season high for his team, saying that they are looking towards the NCAA Tournament, that that is their end goal.
“We have two senior captains, Kari Larson and Kate Farwell,” Murphy said. “Obviously they have a big impact on and off the court for us.”
After a season riddled with injuries, Coach Mark Riley is looking for the men’s team to have a great season, with young players who have experience and a tough schedule to whip them into shape. His goals for the season are also high, saying that he wants to make it to the final eight in the NCAA Tournament, falling only one match short last year.
“We already had Nate Eddy [K’12] has done a good job, and Mark Denenfeld [K’12] has been hurt but when he played one match this year he did a good job,” Riley said. “I’m really just looking for everybody to do well. This is the hardest working group I’ve ever had. They have good attitudes even with the rough start and we’ll have it all together when it counts.”
The tennis teams start their conference schedule the week after returning from their respective trips, with the men’s first home match against rival Hope College on March 30 and the women’s first home match against Trine on April 6.