Team unity is the focus of
the Hamline Men’s Tennis Team for 2012. For the first time in many years,
Hamline coach Jon Henning will have a senior laden team looking to build off of an invaluable
experience in the MIAC Playoffs a year ago.
With many key returners back,
the loss of senior captain Kyle Helgemoe
will be felt and others will need to step up in both singles and doubles.
Returning five seniors who all have experience competing in the lineup will
help the cause. Seniors Bernard Mitambo
(Sr., DeLaSalle, Minn.), Robert
Becker (Sr., Hopkins, Minn.), Sam
Teitelbaum (Sr., Stillwater, Minn.), and Andrew Lutz (Sr., Pine City, Minn.) have been mainstays in the
Hamline lineup for three years now and have high goals for the upcoming season.
Along with this quartet, senior Brendan
FitzPatrick (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) is poised to make a mark in the
doubles lineup as well.
David Croonquist (Jr., North Oaks, Minn.) had one of the best fall seasons in Hamline
history losing in the quarterfinals of the ITA Tournament in both singles and
doubles. He opens up the season ranked #15 in the region in singles. He and Becker
are ranked #16 in the region for doubles.
Several players in their
second year at Hamline are looking to compete of spots in the lineup as well. Connor Hart (So., Dellwood, Minn.), Derek Lutz (So., Pine City, Minn.), and
Robert Johnson (So., Elk River,
Minn.) had some experience playing the lineup last year and now know what it
takes to compete in the MIAC. Dylan
Sperry (So., Scandia, Minn.) and Tyler
Antil (So., Fridley, Minn.) are continually improving their games and
fitness and are looking very sharp early on in the season.
The 2012 season will reflect
the attitude and leadership of the upperclassmen. As it has been for a while
now, every team in the MIAC is solid top to bottom and every match will be
tough. It should make for some epic finishes and a great season.
The first test is tonight when the Pipers face Wis-La Crosse at the U of Minnesota. The match begins at 6:00 p.m.