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Four regulars from last season's lineup return to lead Hamilton College men's tennis into 2013-14. Hamilton won nine matches in 2012-13 -- the most victories in a season for the Continentals since 1995-96. Hamilton ended the spring with a win at Connecticut College, and the team ended up at No. 18 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast regional poll of the season. The Continentals will miss graduated seniors Jon Franzel '13 and Jordan Petit '13. Franzel owns the program record for most career doubles wins and finished tied for third on the all-time singles victories list. Petit is second to Franzel in career doubles wins. Ben Swett '14 is the lone senior on the roster.

Hamilton competes in the NESCAC -- a conference that has produced seven NCAA Division III team champions, two singles champions and three doubles champions. Three NESCAC programs advanced to the NCAA championship quarterfinals in 2013 and one won the national title. The Continentals play six or seven conference matches every spring. The season concludes in early May with the 2014 NESCAC championship at Bowdoin 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.

In the fall, Hamilton participates in an invitational at Stony Brook University, the St. Lawrence University Fall Classic and four dual matches. The team travels to Orlando, Fla., in March and plays a handful of matches during the College's two-week spring break.

James Oliver '15 stepped into the top of the lineup right away after he transferred from Lafayette College. Oliver posted a 9-5 singles record and is the leading returner in singles wins despite the fact he didn't play last fall for the Continentals. Matthew Billet '15 played most of his singles matches at fourth flight last season. Billet and Buck Reynolds '15 split 14 matches at second flight doubles in 2012-13. Ian Antonoff '16 won seven singles matches and worked his way into the lineup 10 times in his first year.

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. Walker's 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.

In 2011-12, Hamilton posted an overall record of 8-7, which included six straight wins in March. The eight victories were the most for the team since 2003-04. The Continentals were ranked 18th in the Northeast Region in the final 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. Libin, Stephen Rosenman '13 and Swett made the 2012 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team, and Rosenman repeated the feat last year. Each honoree has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing.

Hamilton plays its home matches on campus at Gray Tennis Courts. The nine-court facility was resurfaced during the summer of 2013. 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.