Men’s tennis hopes to convert success from fall to spring

Cara Basile, Correspondent

The team enters its spring season with an overall record of 2-0 from victories over Scranton and Lycoming in the fall.

The Colonels head to Madison, N.J., Feb. 15-16, for the Drew Invitational where they will begin the start of the rest of their spring season.

Head coach Christopher Leicht has been preparing his team for the matches ahead. After playing in three tournaments during the fall, including the MAC Individual Tournament where the team won eight out of nine brackets.

“The players have been working hard in the off-season, both on the court and in the weight-room,” Leicht said. “We are excited to start our spring season soon.”

Wilkes tennis will face tough competitors from non-conference teams and teams in the freedom conference. A few nonconference teams include Elizabethtown College, Bloomsburg University and Muhlenberg College.

Arcadia University, Fairleigh-Dickinson-College at Florham, Eastern University, Stevenson University and King’s College will compete for the Mid Atlantic Conference title down the road.

The men’s team is rather young with only one senior and captain Alex Makos. Alongside of Makos, taking on captain is junior Brendon Blachowski. Leicht says they have been doing a great job leading the team.

After heading to South Carolina for a spring break trip March 3-6, the Colonels return for a home match March 14 against Elizabethtown College. Until then, Leicht and graduate assistant Carlos Quijano will continue to motivate the team to accomplish big wins.

“I believe that if you prepare the right away, then everyone is confident when they step out on the court,” Leicht said. “We try to out-work every opponent that we play!”