Zalenski Bows Out Of NCAA Singles Tourney

Kenyon sophomore dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision against Claremont-Mudd Scripps' Jack Katzman in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Div. III Men's Tennis Singles Championships
Kenyon sophomore dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision against Claremont-Mudd Scripps' Jack Katzman in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Div. III Men's Tennis Singles Championships

Story Courtesy of the Kenyon Sports Information Department

Kenyon sophomore Jacob Zalenski (Canton, OH/Jackson) kicked off his first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Singles Championship by winning three straight games. However, he could not maintain that momentum and dropped a first-round 6-4, 6-1 decision to Jack Katzman, a freshman from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Zalenski's quick start went against all odds, considering Katzman was not only playing at his home venue, the Biszantz Family Tennis Center, but also on the No. 2 court, where he played the majority of his matches this season.

After Zalenski carved out a 3-0 first-set lead, Katzman settled in and took the next four games, claiming his first lead of the morning. Zalenski stopped that run at four games and tied things up, but Katzman closed out the first set by taking the next two games.

The second set began in similar fashion as Zalenski jumped ahead 1-0, but that would be it for the Kenyon standout. Katzman re-acquired his rhythm and did not yield another game.

The loss ended Zalenski's second collegiate season with a 22-7 singles record. The 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year is now a combined 42-17 in his first two seasons with the Kenyon program.