Men's Tennis Readies For Spring Slate

Ajeya Shekar

Tennis Captains Wierzel and Meahl Discuss Upcoming Season

Overall Record: 2-3 (0-0 PL); Last Week: 0-0
Schedule: Saturday, Feb. 13 vs. Coast Guard, New Britain, Conn., 1:00 p.m.

  •  The Holy Cross men's tennis team begins its spring season with a match against Coast Guard on Saturday, Feb. 13. This is the second match to start the season as the two teams met on Saturday, Sept. 12. The Crusaders lost their first match against Coast Guard 7-2 but hope to battle it out for a win in their upcoming match. The team ended with a 2-3 dual-match record, topping Hartford and Nichols while dropping matches to Coast Guard, Merrimack and Siena. Combined the team earned 15 match points while opponents tallied 23 points. The Crusaders will get the chance to play Coast Guard and Hartford again this spring season and will also play in their first Patriot League match against No. 3 Army on Friday, March 26.  The Crusaders will finish up the spring season at the Patriot League Tournament where they will battle to hold or improve their No. 6 standing.  
  • Junior Matt Wierzel (Garden City, N.Y.) finished the fall slate with a 16-1 record at No. 1 singles, including a perfect 5-0 in dual-matches. He was named the Patriot League Tennis Player of the Month for the first time in program history. His accomplishments during the fall also earned him the AT &T Crusader of the Week accolade for the week of Sept. 14. This is the first time Wierzel has earned either honor in his three-year career. This spring season, Wierzel hopes to continue his winning streak at No. 1 singles, beginning with another season opening win against Coast Guard this spring.
  • Sophomore Chris Das (Melrose, Mass.) also earned career-bests over the fall season and hopes to continue with career-bests into the spring season. He ranked second on the team with a 6-2 record at No. 4 singles, having lost just one dual-match. Das has settled in well as the team's No. 4 singles player, having gone 1-0 at No. 4 singles, 2-5 at No. 5 and 4-6 at No. 6 last year. This spring season, he will strive for a win for the fourth time in the two years he has played as a Crusader over Coast Guard. He is one singles win away from tying his seven total victories from 2008-2009 as he enters the spring season.   
  • Two newcomers, sophomore Tim Regan (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and freshman Scot Brownell (Plymouth, Mass.) added additional depth for the team, going a combined 2-2 in match play. Regan earned his first collegiate victory as the No. 6 singles player against Hartford. Brownell saw his first action at the Stonehill Invitational, going 1-1 in competition. These two players ended the fall season well and they will serve as great additions to the Crusader lineup this spring season.