EC MEN'S TENNIS PICKED #1
January 29, 2013Earlham College Broadcast Sports
RICHMOND, Ind. — Back on top.
For the second straight year, the Earlham College men's tennis team was selected as
the favorite in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference pre-season poll.
"It's always nice to be recognized by the coaches as the pre-season favorites,"
Earlham Head Coach Adam Van Zee said of Tuesday's announcement. "It's usually a
testament to what you did the previous year.
What the Quakers did in 2012 was become the HCAC regular season and tournament
champions for the second consecutive year. Earlham was 19-2 overall with a school
record for victories.
Earlham added to its resume in the fall of 2012 as the Quakers were ranked 18th in
the Intercollegiate Tennis Association DIII Men's Central Region Rankings. Earlham's
top doubles squad of Anton Bartashevich and Jack Ventura-Cruess were in the No. 4
"We definitely had a pretty good fall," said Van Zee, who earned his second straight
HCAC Coach of the Year award last spring. "Our expectations are high and we were
fortunate enough to be regionally-ranked."
"We're excited with what we have," Van Zee added. "Hopefully, we can repeat if we do
what we are expected to do."
Bartashevich, the HCAC Freshman of the Year in 2012, was also All-HCAC First Team
along with Andrey Gavrilov and Brad Maisey. Another returner, Scott Lawrence, was
All-HCAC Honorable Mention. Matthew Foster and Brent Kramer also are back.
With the returning players well known in the conference, newcomers Ventura-Cress,
Phillip Locklear and Kyle Richter were on the HCAC Players to Watch list.
Transylvania University was second in the poll behind the Quakers, who picked up all
10 first-place votes. The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was third.
Earlham opens the season at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday,