2018 Bowdoin Men's Tennis Season Preview

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Head Coach: Conor Smith
Captain: Kyle Wolfe, Gil Roddy, Luke Tercek

2017 Recap (21-5): Bowdoin came up just short in its bid to repeat as NCAA Champions, but the Polar Bears enjoyed a phenomenal season nonetheless, winning their second NESCAC Championship and advancing to the Division III semifinals. The Polar Bears finished the regular season with a 15-4 mark and then advanced to the conference title match with easy wins over Bates and Wesleyan. There, in the finals, Bowdoin edged rival Middlebury in a dramatic 5-4 decision to win the NESCAC crown for the first time since 2008.

Bowdoin advanced out of their NCAA regional with shutout wins over Nichols and MIT before tipping WashU 5-3 in the national quarterfinals. Despite leading 2-1 after doubles play, eventual national champion Emory rallied past Bowdoin 5-2, to end the Polar Bears' season in the semis. Luke Tercek and Grant Urken were named singles All-Americans by the ITA while Kyle Wolfe and Jerry Jiang collected All-American doubles recognition.

2018 Preview: Bowdoin enjoyed a rousing start to the fall campaign as Tercek and Urken won the ITA New England doubles championship and finished as runners-up at the ITA Oracle Cup. Every member of Bowdoin's lineup returns from last year's squad and the Polar Bears will enter the spring season as the fourth-ranked team in Division III.

Bowdoin will be tested right away with their annual trip to California to begin the campaign. The Stag-Hen Invitational (Mar. 12-13) includes many of the nation's top squads and Bowdoin has six of the nation's top 25 teams on their slate in March alone. The NESCAC has five teams ranked in the top-ten alone, and the Polar Bears will face all of them in April, including home matches against ninth-ranked Amherst (Apr. 8) and eighth-ranked Williams (Apr. 21). The annual regular season clash with third-ranked Middlebury is slated for April 14 in Vermont.

Follow Online: Details about live coverage of home matches will be announced soon. Fans can also follow the team on the free Bowdoin Front App, available on the App Store for Apple users and Google Play for Android users.