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Men’s Tennis No. 1 Seed Heading Into Tourney

ITHACA, NY – The Liberty League men’s tennis championship return to the Reis Tennis Center at Cornell University for the first time since 2019 as six teams will compete for the Liberty League championship this Friday thru Sunday, May 6-8. The top two teams earned first-round byes. Two first-round matches will be held on Friday, two semifinals on Saturday and the championship match on Sunday. The championship team receives the Liberty League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (times may be adjusted throughout the tournament):

FRIDAY, MAY 6 (First Round):
8:30 a.m.: #4 Vassar vs. #5 St. Lawrence (LIVE SCORING)
11:30 a.m.: #3 Hobart vs. #6 Union (LIVE SCORING)

SATURDAY, MAY 7 (Semifinals):
8:30 a.m.: #1 RPI vs. #4 Vassar or #5 St. Lawrence (LIVE SCORING)
11:30 a.m. PT: #2 Skidmore vs. #3 Hobart or #6 Union (LIVE SCORING)

SUNDAY, MAY 8 (Championships):
10am: Saturday semifinal winners (LIVE SCORING)

ABOUT THE TEAMS…

#1 RPI (13-2 overall, 8-0 Liberty League; Ranked No. 22 nationally & No. 7 in Northeast by ITA)

  • RPI is the Liberty League’s top-ranked team. The Engineers are currently ranked first in the latest NCAA Region II ranking and seventh in the ITA Northeast ranking. RPI enters the Liberty League tournament having won 11 straight matches following back-to-back 5-4 losses to regionally ranked squads Babson and Carnegie Mellon.
  • First-year player Aiden Drover-Mattinen is currently the top-ranked player in both the NCAA Region II and the ITA Northeast rankings. Drover-Mattinen, who is 13-0 in dual-match play, has lost only one match to a Division III opponent this year – to teammate Abraham Yohanne in the quarterfinals of the ITA Northeast Championship.
  • Fellow first-year player Emilio Van Cotthem is 10-1 at second singles, giving the Engineers a formidable duo at the top of the singles lineup. He is ranked 16th in the ITA Northeast rankings.
  • The top RPI doubles team of Drover-Mattinen and senior Peter Lohrbach are 12-2 at first doubles and are ranked first in NCAA Region II and fifth in the ITA Northeast region.

#2 SKIDMORE (7-10 overall, 6-2 Liberty League; Ranked No. 13 in Northeast by ITA)

  • Skidmore enters the tournament with a 7-10 overall record, but the Thoroughbreds have six losses to teams ranked in the ITA top 35. Skidmore, which is ranked third in NCAA Region II and 13th in the ITA Northeast rankings, also owns a 7- 2 wins over No. 31 Bates.
  • Since the league moved to its current six-team format in 2015, Skidmore and RPI have met in the championship match in five of the six years. Skidmore is 5-1 against RPI in championship matches. Overall, Skidmore has won 15 Liberty League/UCAA titles since the league began competition in 1995-96.
  • RPI defeated Skidmore 5-4 on April 9 as the Engineers won two of three doubles matches (by 8-6 scores at first and third doubles) and the teams split the six singles matches. The second and fifth singles matches both went three sets with RPI (Van Cotthem) winning at second singles and Skidmore (Tristan Thiebaut) winning at fifth singles.
  • Skidmore first-year player John Rado won the ITA Northeast Region singles title in the fall. He is ranked 17th in the ITA Northeast Region.

#3 HOBART (15-6 overall, 6-2 Liberty League; Ranked No. 14 in Northeast by ITA)

  • The Statesmen currently rank 14th in the ITA Northeast Region and fourth in NCAA Region II. Hobart has won 11 of its last 13 matches with the only two losses coming against RPI (8-1 on April 2) and Skidmore (6-3 on April 24).
  • Sophomore Winter Fagerberg made the jump from third and fourth singles as a rookie to first singles this season where he is currently 9-7 in dual matches and 3-2 in league play. He is ranked 25th in the ITA Northeast Region.
  • The Hobart first doubles pairing of sophomore Sean Pesin and junior Jett Wright, who is currently ranked fourth in the NCAA Region II rankings and 15th in the ITA Northeast Region, is 10-5 overall and 6-2 in Liberty League play.

#4 VASSAR (9-8 overall, 5-3 Liberty League; Ranked No. 17 in Northeast by ITA)

  • Vassar is currently ranked fifth in NCAA Region II and 17th in the ITA Northeast rankings.
  • Sophomore Jay Wong, ranked eighth in the NCAA Region II singles rankings, is 9-4 at first singles and 5-3 in Liberty League matches. Senior Mihajlo Ivanovic is a team-leading 14-2 in dual-match play, including 11-2 at fifth singles.
  • The second doubles pairing of Wong and Benjamin Almquist has a team-best 12-5 dual-match record.

#5ST. LAWRENCE (9-8 overall, 4-4 Liberty League)

  • St. Lawrence has been strong in doubles play, having compiled a 15-9 record in Liberty League doubles matches. The team of sophomore Ben Mooman and junior Nathan Turtledove have forged a 7-6 mark at first doubles, including a 4-3 record in Liberty League play.
  • Senior Nico Haet has had a strong season, going a team-best 9-5 in dual-match play (8-5 at third singles) and 9-3 at third doubles while teaming with first-year John Hill-Edgar.
  • Against first-round opponent Vassar, the Saints played three competitive doubles matches, losing 8-6 at both first and second doubles while winning 8-4 in the third position. Vassar also won three three-set singles matches.

#6 UNION (5-10 overall, 3-5 Liberty League)

  • Union is making its second appearance in the Liberty League tournament since it shifted to a six-team format in 2015. The Dutchmen dropped a 5-1 decision to Hobart in their previous tournament appearance in 2019.
  • Union has gotten good production from the sixth singles position as six different players have combined to go 13-2 in that spot. Senior Cameron Klepper leads the Dutchmen with a 9-4 dual-match singles record, including a 6-0 mark at sixth singles.
  • Klepper and sophomore Bailey McAtee lead Union with six wins in doubles play with five of the wins coming at third doubles.

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