Edgewood Men’s Tennis Makes A Comeback

Posted: February 25, 2011 in Sports

Rexford Sheild 



Edgewood Men’s Tennis

 

For the past ten years the Edgewood men’s tennis program has been absent on campus. For the first time since 2000, men’s tennis will return as a varsity sport for Edgewood as a member in the Northern Athletics Conference. From 1988 to 2000, Edgewood was a member of the Lake Michigan Conference. Ben Oestreich, head coach of the men and women’s program, couldn’t be happier for this opportunity.

“It’s very exciting to add the men’s program. The men on the team have been very enthusiastic from the start and are working hard to be successful.” Bringing back the tennis program had even more implications for junior, Tim Morgan, “I was very excited; it actually kept me here at Edgewood College. I was going to transfer to (UW) Lacrosse until I found out we were starting a men’s tennis team.”

Even though the excitement is buzzing within the team, challenges will always arise in rebuilding a team and Oestreich is aware of that, “Often the strength of successful teams comes from upperclassmen leading the program. In essence we have all freshmen since we are starting from scratch.” Even though the men’s program has been nonexistent for the past ten years, expectations from members of the team are high yet realistic, especially from senior walk-on, Vince Jankiewicz, “Top three in the conference and in the tournament. I would expect at least there.”

Oestreich echoed those expectations, “I expect to be competitive with every school in the conference. We will work to qualify for the conference tournament.” However, in order to achieve that success, Oestreich stressed that they, “Need to focus on getting a little better every day. If we look too far ahead it’s easy to forget what lies immediately before you.”  The Eagles kick their season off February 5 with a double-header in Dubuque, Iowa against University of Dubuque and Knox College then take on Carroll University the following weekend in Waukesha, WI.

Home matches will be played at Rennebohm Park in Madison beginning March 26. Members of the team include seniors, Vince Jankiewicz, Clint Reed, and Max Divelbiss; juniors, Tim Morgan, John D’Orazio, and Cody Strebig; freshmen, Rex Sheild.

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