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2020 Men's Tennis Preview

The Kalamazoo College men's tennis team.
Photo by Kimberly Moss

The 2019-20 Kalamazoo College men's tennis team is set to begin its season on Friday, Feb. 7 at Wabash. Kalamazoo is entering the season ranked No. 29 in the country in the Oracle/ITA Division III Preseason Rankings and No. 7 in the Central Region. The Hornets' schedule features nine non-conference matches, including a trip to Texas, before beginning MIAA competition in early April. The Kalamazoo roster has five returning members along with three in-state freshmen. 

Key Dates

  • The Hornets will open their season on Friday, Feb. 7 at Wabash with a match against Earlham the following day.
  • Kalamazoo hosts a trio of non-conference matches against No. 4 Chicago, No. 11 Kenyon, and Coe in February.
  • The team travels to Georgetown, Tex. during Spring Break and will compete in three matches including matchups with No. 13 Trinity and No. 30 Southwestern.
  • The MIAA opener is scheduled for Saturday, April 4 when Kalamazoo hosts Hope.
  • The MIAA Tournament is set to begin on Wednesday, April 29 and conclude on Friday, May 1.

Returning Statistical Leaders

  • The team returns five players from last season's MIAA Championship team including senior captains Daniel Henry and Zack Ray.
  • Sophomore Ian Yi is set for his second season as the primary No. 1 for the Hornets after finishing his freshman campaign ranked No. 17 in the nation and earning All-American honors with a 21-5 singles record and 17-10 doubles record.
  • The quintet of returning athletes (Yi, Henry, Ray, Tytus Metzler, Casey Johnson) combined for a perfect 28-0 record in MIAA singles competition in 2019.
  • The five have won 73.9 percent of their matches throughout their careers as they have compiled a 139-49 overall record.
  • Three newcomers (Jai Banerji, Peter Fitzgerald, Gabe Vidinas) are all expected to have key roles this spring.

Head Coach Mark Riley

Coach Riley is set to begin his 13th season as the head coach of the Hornets. His teams have compiled an overall record of 178-93 in matches during his time at Kalamazoo. Riley was named Wilson/ITA Central Region Coach of the Year in 2017 after leading the Hornets to an 18-2 record. Under Riley, four different players have earned NCAA III All-American recognition including Ian Yi last season. Riley has coached 26 players to All-MIAA status including nine that have been named MIAA MVP. Prior to arriving at Kalamazoo, Riley spent time as the head men's tennis coach at the University of Pennsylvania (2001-07), the University of Kansas (1997-2000), and Drake University (1994-96).