HARTFORD, Conn.--The Camels got their first taste of tennis action this past weekend. On Saturday September 10th and Sunday September 11th, the Connecticut College Men's and Women's tennis teams traveled 50 miles north to Trinity College, for an individual style tournament.
The tournament featured some of the top teams in the region, including: Amherst, Trinity, Vassar, TCNJ, Hamilton, Babson, and Connecticut College. With a number of Camels currently studying abroad during the fall semester, the Camels' lineup featured many new faces, including four first-year men and four first-year women. But hey, no better way to refine the rookies than to throw them directly into the fire!!
The tournament opened with men's singles, at 9:00am on Saturday. Under clear skies and 80 degree temperatures, the Camel men battled with some of the top DIII players in the country. Unfortunately no men advanced to the second round, but senior captain Jeff Weisberger and freshman Josh Suneby put up good fights in the ‘A' bracket. Weisberger then pulled off two wins in the back-draw before dropping in the consolation finals to Amherst College. Freshman JC Cangelosi also had a solid weekend, winning the consolations of the ‘C' bracket with 3 consecutive wins on
Sunday. All around, it was a good showing for the men's team.
The women too had a tough first round, as none advanced to the second round. Junior Jen Herbert had some tough luck, drawing TCNJ's freshman sensation in the first round - she cruised through all the competition, including her own teammate who was ranked #29 in the country last year - pretty impressive. Senior Captain Britt Badik had a nice tournament, winning the back-draw in both singles and doubles of the women's ‘B' flight. Like with the men's team, the coaches were impressed with the way the ladies fought all weekend. It should be signs of a good season to come.
In the coming week, the men will be preparing for another tournament, to be held on September 17th at Connecticut College. A few local schools will be participating. We encourage all parents, friends, and family to come cheer on the Camels. It should be another fun, tennis-filled weekend.
September 15, 2011