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Overview

Senior captains Matt Billet '15 and James Oliver '15 lead the Hamilton College men's tennis program into 2014-15. The Continentals won nine matches for the second season in a row in 2013-14 and the program was honored with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) National Team Sportsmanship Award for the month of April. Ian Antonoff '16 posted a 13-10 singles record last season and Jon Cohen '17 went 12-10 in singles play as a freshman. Austin Lokre '16 and Max McKee-Proctor '17 tied a team record with 14 doubles wins in a season.

Hamilton competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference -- a conference that has produced eight NCAA Division III team titles, three singles champions and three doubles champs. Four NESCAC programs competed in the 2014 NCAA championship, two advanced to the semifinals and one won the national title. The Continentals play six or seven conference matches every spring. The season concludes in early May with the 2015 NESCAC championship at Middlebury College. Six teams qualify for the event and the winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA championship. Hamilton played a NESCAC schedule in 2007 for the first time in program history.

This season's schedule includes more than 20 dual matches and the 2014 St. Lawrence University Fall Classic in September. The team travels to Orlando, Fla., and plays a handful of matches during spring break in March.

The goal for this group is to return the program to the level of excellence it enjoyed in the 1990s. From 1993 to 1995, Hamilton assembled an overall record of 49-20 and never finished worse than seventh place at the NESCAC championship. The Continentals added a team title at the 1997 Liberty League championship. Sam Walker '96 posted a 76-17 singles record during that period and his 76 victories are a team record. The men's tennis program dates back to 1903 and the team has won more than 500 matches since then.

Hamilton won nine matches in 2012-13 -- the most victories in a season for the Continentals since 1995-96. Hamilton finished the spring with a win at Connecticut College, and the team ended up at No. 18 in the final ITA Northeast Regional Top 20 poll. Jon Franzel '13 owns the program record for most career doubles wins and finished tied for third on the all-time singles victories list. Jordan Petit '13 is second to Franzel in career doubles wins.

In 2011-12, Hamilton posted an overall record of 8-7, which included six straight wins in March. The Continentals were ranked 18th in the final Northeast Regional Top 20 poll of the season. Drew Libin '12 graduated in second place on the program's all-time list with 40 singles wins. Franzel and Libin set a team record in 2009-10 for most doubles victories in a season with 14.

Solid academic performance is another important part of the men's tennis program. Billet, Oliver and Ben Swett '14 made the 2014 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team. Each honoree has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing. For Swett, it was the second all-academic team honor. Antonoff, Billet and Oliver were also recognized as ITA scholar-athletes.

Hamilton plays its home matches on campus at Gray Tennis Courts. The nine-court facility was resurfaced during the summer of 2014. In the event of poor weather conditions, the team moves inside to adjacent Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. The field house was renovated and resurfaced in 2010 and can accommodate four tennis courts.