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Tennis Doubles Team Storms Through N.E.

By Emily Gittleman
On October 6, 2009

Last weekend, Trinity's top Men's Tennis doubles team advanced to the finals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III New England Regional Men's Championships. Tri-captain Spencer Feldman '10 along with sophomore standout Anson McCook gave schools around New England a look at what is ahead in the upcoming season. This duo, put together only weeks before, could be the fuel behind a very successful 2009 campaign for the Bantam tennis squad.

Feldman and McCook entered the tournament seeded No. 3 and did not disappoint. They advanced to the final round, where they lost to a strong Middlebury team. Both Feldman and McCook had good showings in the singles tournament as well. Feldman advanced to the quarterfinals (round of eight) in the singles ITA Tournament and McCook advanced to the round of 16.

After the results of the tournament, Feldman seemed pleased and optimistic about his chances with McCook this season. He made it clear that the primary goal of their season is to be the No. 1 doubles team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). He plans on doing well in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament at the end of the season as well. Feldman has qualified for the NCAA Singles Tournament in both of the last two years, making him one of the top ranked players in all of Division III. This year he hopes to win the National Championship.

As a team, Feldman expects the Trinity squad to advance to Nationals, the tournament of the best eight teams in the country. Two years ago the team lost in the final round of the Regional Tournament. A win in that event would have seen them qualify for Nationals. Feldman expressed his hopes that the team will be able to get over the hump this year.

"We have all the pieces needed," said Feldman. "We just need to put the puzzle together." Feldman hopes that this season will add to the great experience he has had here at Trinity College.

Feldman has embraced the family atmosphere of the team ever since his transfer from the University of South Carolina after his freshman year. He remembers ex-captain, Brett Ramsey '08, guiding him through his early days at Trinity. As current tri-captain, Feldman feels that he has come full circle, guiding young players like Anson McCook and working harder than ever. With strong leadership, veteran coaching, and a talented staff the Trinity men's tennis team is looking prime and ready for a legitimate championship run.

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