2015-16 men's tennis season preview
Nearly everyone from last season's Hamilton College men's tennis roster returns in 2015-16.
The Continentals have won nine matches in each of the last three seasons while competing in the NESCAC, which is arguably the best conference for tennis in Division III. The men played six nationally ranked opponents, including five from the NESCAC, in 2014-15. Hamilton posted a 4-1 record last fall and the lone loss was against Division I Colgate University.
Max McKee-Proctor '17, who was part of the No. 1 doubles team and played anywhere from first through fifth flight singles, headlines the list of returners. McKee-Proctor and Austin Lokre '16 won six matches together as a doubles team, and McKee-Proctor recorded seven singles wins in dual matches.
Jon Cohen '17 finished second on the team with 12 singles wins last season and played 16 matches at the third and fourth flights. He had a 3-3 record in dual matches against NESCAC opponents. Cohen led the men with 13 doubles victories and paired with Alex Streich '18 to win a doubles title at the 2014 St. Lawrence University Fall Classic.
Eyad Nagori '18 enjoyed a fine freshman year as he led the team with 13 singles wins and boasted a 12-6 record in dual matches. Nagori had an even .500 mark at second flight doubles at 7-7.
Jack Vissicchio '17 got off to a solid start last season as he reached the championship match of his singles flight at the SLU Fall Classic. Vissicchio ended up with seven singles wins and played in more than half the dual matches.
Ian Antonoff '16, Burke Paxton '17 and Devin White '17 will provide depth and veteran leadership at singles and doubles for the Continentals. There will also be at least two newcomers on the 2015-16 roster to replace Matt Billet '15 and James Oliver '15, both of whom graduated in the spring. Billet finished his career in the program's top five for all-time doubles wins. Billet and Oliver were two of the top three singles players last season, and Oliver was part of a second flight doubles team with Nagori.
The schedule includes fall tournaments at Stony Brook University and St. Lawrence, as well as the ITA Northeast Regional Championships at Vassar College. The Continentals play six NESCAC matches in the spring and are scheduled to host a total of eight matches. The men also play four or five matches in Florida during spring break in March.