By: Frankie Mullinix
The Goucher men’s tennis team opened their spring season with a triple-header this weekend as they travel to Salisbury University to take on Salisbury, Bridgewater College, and Virginia Wesleyan College. They look to build off of a very positive fall season after going 3-0 with wins against York College, Messiah College, and Penn State – Harrisburg.
Head coach Brendan Kincaid is optimistic heading into his fifth season coaching the Gophers after leading Goucher to their first Landmark Conference championship, NCAA tournament appearance, and an overall 20-5 record last season. “I’m very excited for this upcoming season because of the new challenges that it will bring. We have the toughest schedule that we have played in my 5 years at Goucher, so that will be a great opportunity for our team to get better and really push themselves on a match to match basis,” said Coach Kincaid. He continued to say, “I am also excited about the challenge of defending our conference championship and trying to repeat with the new and returning players. I’m looking forward to seeing our team compete and if we stick to our process it should be an exciting season for our players and fans.”
He has high expectations this year considering that the team managed to retain all but two of their starters from last season. The squad was also bolstered this year with the addition of three eager freshmen Michael Herman, Frankie Mullinix, and Slade Dumas.
The Gophers will look for leadership in top singles player and team captain, Jack Hodges, as he enters his junior year. Hodges described the upcoming season as “a season full of opportunity, all we have to do is seize them.” Seniors Chad Resnik and Midori Fujitani will also play important roles this season as leaders on the team.
The team will take their annual spring break trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where they will hope to find better results as they fell in all three matches there last year to Baker, Georgetown Kentucky, and St. Thomas. This year they will take on Indiana University East, Endicott College, and Millsaps College.
After a hardworking and productive off-season, Coach Kincaid believes that this team has the talent and potential to challenge for the Landmark Conference title, and to make a run in the NCAA tournament once again.