2016 men's tennis season previewJanuary 29, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – In his first year running Brevard College’s men’s tennis team, head coach Evan Schreiner hopes to continue the positive strides the program has been making.
“I’m excited about the upcoming season,” Schreiner said. “We might not have the biggest roster but I feel confident about the depth we have.”
At the top singles slot, senior David Taggart is the frontrunner. The Belfast, Northern Ireland product has held the top spot for the past two seasons accumulation 13 victories.
“I’ve been very pleased with his progression so far,” explained Schreiner. “He had a strong fall playing in the top slot. He’s comfortable on the first court and heading into our first match that position is his.”
In the fall the men’s team played in one competition, hosted by Belmont Abbey. In the competition, Taggart saw two opponents who were later named preseason first team All-SAC. Against Per-Erik Soler, his counterpart from Queens, Taggart played a competitive match but lost and later bested William Marrafao of Coker in three sets.
“All the guys that we brought to Belmont Abbey played well,” Schreiner continued. “In singles we ended the weekend with a 7-5 record with no one having a losing record.”
Christoph Plasa represents the only other returner on the team. Last season the junior saw improvements with a 5-12 record at the fifth slot for singles and a 6-11 mark in doubles.
Schreiner rounds out the roster with four freshmen, three hailing from Germany and one local player.
“The freshmen came to Brevard with a competitive mindset,” Schreiner explained. “Tom Mittring, one of the three newcomers from Germany, posted our best record in the fall competition and has proven to be great competition for Taggart.”
Tim Hengst and Luca Vigener represent the other freshmen from Germany with Wesley Jarvis coming to Brevard from Hendersonville, N.C. During his high school career at East Henderson High School, Jarvis made the regional his final two seasons and went 13-3 as his senior.
The team will be tested early and often in 2016, opening the season against No. 20 North Georgia on top of a competitive South Atlantic Conference slate.
“Our schedule is a challenging one,” Schreiner remarked. “The South Atlantic Conference is a very strong conference; before we even get into that we have our season opener against a nationally-ranked opponent followed by Division I The Citadel at home.”
“These guys love playing tennis,” Schreiner concluded. “You can see it every time they take the court. If I didn’t make them get off the court when practice was over I don’t think they would. Their enthusiasm and love of the game have made the preseason very enjoyable and I can’t wait to see all the hard work these guys have put in pay off this season.”
The 2016 campaign begins on Sunday, Jan. 31 against North Georgia. Fans can see the time at home on Sunday, Feb. 7 when they host The Citadel at 1:00 p.m.