Men's Tennis NCAA Quarterfinal Preview (VIDEO)

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's tennis team will face Washington (Mo.) University in the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championship on Monday, May 22, at The Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Polar Bears (21-4) will play the Bears (18-4) at 2:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon. The NCAA will be providing a live webcast of selected courts and live stats from the tournament. Links are available above as well as at the championship home page below.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Watch an interview with junior captain Kyle Wolfe. Bowdoin championship round notes are available below.

MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES

  • Bowdoin is making its fourth appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals and will look to repeat as national champions. The Polar Bears had not advanced past the quarterfinals in their two previous appearances (2002, 2012) until going 3-0 at the championship site to claim the title last spring.
  • No team has repeated as Division III men's tennis national champions since Williams (2001-02) and the tournament has gone the longest of any NCAA Division III men's championship sport without a repeat champion (14 years).
  • The Polar Bears have tied the program record for wins in a season (20) established last year and claimed their first NESCAC Championship since 2008 with a victory over Middlebury on May 7. Bowdoin opened its season 11-1 and were ranked as high as number one in the nation before going 6-3 in April.
  • Bowdoin rebounded once it reached postseason play, going 3-0 in the NESCAC Tournament and posting consecutive 5-0 sweeps in their NCAA regional last weekend to advance to the quarterfinals.
  • The Polar Bears will face an unfamiliar opponent in the quarterfinals: Washington University. Bowdoin has not faced Wash U since March of 2014 when the Bears defeated Bowdoin 7-2 in a match played in Claremont, Calif. No current Bowdoin player competed in that match.
  • Bowdoin is the only team among the final eight who does not have a senior on its roster.
  • Grant Urken earned First Team All-NESCAC honors in selections announced this week. Bowdoin's number two player in the lineup has recorded a 27-6 overall record this season, three shy of the program's single-season mark (30, Colin Joyner in 2001-02).
  • Urken and doubles partner Luke Tercek also earned All-NESCAC honors and have qualified for individual NCAA's, posting a 12-9 mark at number one doubles this spring.
  • Bowdoin's depth has proven to be the difference in several matches this spring as the Polar Bears own a 33-9 mark at number five and six singles play this year. Gil Roddy is 17-2 at positions number four and five this year and has also teamed with Justin Patel to card a 18-4 mark at number three doubles.
  • Head coach Conor Smith earned NESCAC Coach of the Year recognition for the second-straight year and third time in his six seasons at the helm of the Polar Bears. His 94 wins are the most-ever by a coach in program history and he boasts an overall record of 94-34 (.734 winning percentage).