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Kenyon Unanimous Favorite in NCAC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll

Kenyon Unanimous Favorite in NCAC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll

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CLEVELAND, OH – Kenyon was the unanimous favorite in the 2020 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Men's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Poll, released Tuesday, Feb. 4. The Lords received all nine first-place votes for 81 total points after balloting by the conference coaches.

Denison landed in second, totaling 69 points, Oberlin was slotted third with 61 points, three points ahead of DePauw (58) in fourth, while Wooster rounded out the top five with 46 points. Wittenberg (33), Ohio Wesleyan (26), Allegheny (20) and Wabash (11) completed the nine-team field.

Kenyon returns the NCAC Player of the Year in senior Jacob Zalenski (Canton, OH/Jackson). Zalenski recorded a 20-4 record last season and was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Assocation (ITA) All-American. The Lords also return All-NCAC singles first-teamer, Austin Diehl (O’Fallen, MO/Homeschool) who produced an 18-3 record in his junior season. Sophomore Pascal Lee (Chevy Chase, MD/Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and junior Bryan Yoshino (Dublin, OH/Dublin Coffman) also return after taking All-NCAC singles honorable mention accolades in 2018-19.

Kenyon leads the NCAC with 22 championships in 35 years (1989, 1991-93, '95, 2002-05, 2007-19), including winning 17 of the last 18 conference titles. Denison is not far off in the all-time title count with 12 championships (1985-89, '94, 1997-01, '06); Wooster has captured two outright titles (1990, '96) and four all-time. Denison and Wooster shared the inaugural title in 1985, while Denison, Kenyon and Wooster were declared tri-champions in 1989.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of ten academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, DePauw University, Denison University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

 

2020 North Coast Athletic Conference
Men's Tennis
Preseason Coaches' Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

MEN

1.

Kenyon (9)

81

2.

Denison

69

3.

Oberlin

61

4.

DePauw

58

5.

Wooster

46

6.

Wittenberg

33

7.

Ohio Wesleyan

26

8.

Allegheny

20

9.

Wabash

11