Season Preview of Patriot League Men’s Tennis 2022

BETHLEHEM, Dad. The 2022 Patriot League Men’s Tennis season kicked off on Saturday, January 15, when Army West Point made its first home game against DePaul, Florida Atlantic and Illinois State.

This weekend Bucknell travels to Chapel Hill, NC and Harrisburg, Virginia, to take on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and James Madison. Loyola Maryland hosts their season opener against St. Bonaventure on Friday, January 21. The defending Patriot League champion Navy receives Saint Francis and St. Bonaventure on Saturday, January 22.

Boston University will begin their season against Dartmouth on Saturday, January 29, followed by Colgate at State College, Pennsylvania on February 4, and Lehigh against Marist on February 5 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The last of the eight teams to start their 2022 season is Lafayette, who will face Fairfield on Saturday, February 12.

The 2022 Patriot League Championship will be held at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, beginning on Thursday, April 28 and ending on Sunday, May 1.

ARMY WESTPOINT BLACK KNIGHTS
Head Coach: Jim Poling (20th Season)
Letter winners return/lost: 12/0
All-League Returners: Sam Eden (2021 Second Team), Diego Huttepain (2021 First Team, 2019 Second Team), Thomas Lake (2021 Second Team)

Poling led the Black Knights to the sixth consecutive final of the Patriot League Men’s Tennis Championship last season and will bring back three All-League rosters, including First-Team member Diego Huttepain. Junior Sam Eden, joined by junior Thomas Lake, both members of the All-Patriot League second team. All 12 members of last year’s army squad will return in 2022.

Head Coach Jim Poling on the Black Knights…
“I think we will be stronger this year. Everyone is back and improving. We have a few freshmen who might be working their way into the top six. It should be an exciting season.”

BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS
Head Coach: Dejan Stankovic (7th season)
Letter winners return/lost: 4/7
All-League Returners: None

Stankovic and the Terriers are looking to wind down their fall season and take it into the spring 2022 competition schedule. Having lost seven members of the 2021 roster to graduation, the young team is eager to compete.

Head Coach Dejan Stankovic on the Terriers…
“We’re excited to have a season with a consistent schedule this year. The roster is young with just one upperclassman, but there’s a lot of talent and, most importantly, hunger to make a run in the Patriot League. The guys can’t wait to get started and compete.”

BUCKNELL BISON
Head Coach: Bruce Myers (5th season)
Letter winners return/lost: 5/4
All-League Returners: None

Myers and the Bison return five letter winners and add two freshmen to the team to kick off the 2022 campaign. Despite losing four players from last year’s team, the squad is looking forward to competing this spring and taking advantage of a full league schedule.

head coach Bruce Myers on the bison…
“We’re excited that this spring season has been more ‘normal’ than what we’ve been through the past two years. That said, I think every program in the League deals with an unusual amount of unknowns, and we’re no exception. two freshmen, two student-athletes who dropped out last year and returned this year, and a solid pool of returning players. That will make the first games of the spring very interesting. We ramped up the league level early in the season with games against North Carolina, Michigan State, Dartmouth and Cornell, which hopefully sets us up well for the Patriot League games that start at the end of March.”

COLGATE RAIDERS
Head Coach: Bobby Pennington (16th Season)
Letter winners return/lost: 7/3
All-League Returners: None

Pennington returns seven members of the 2021 team, who landed themselves in the semifinals of the 2021 Patriot League Championship. With a 2022 competitive season just around the corner, the Raiders are ready to go.

Head Coach Bobby Pennington on the Raiders…
“The men want to build on their momentum from last year and a strong finish in the Patriot League tournament, and advance to the semifinals. The men have proven to be consistently in the top four in the Patriot League three of the last four seasons, what’s an amazing achievement. This year’s team is extremely deep from number one to 12 because we have so much parity, depth and a culture that is unique and unparalleled. We combine an extremely challenging non-conference schedule with four teams that could be in the national league table and a competitive Patriot League schedule.”

HOLY CROSS BREADERS
Head Coach: Brad Walulak (8th Season)
Letter winners return/lost: 9/2
All-League Returners: None

Walulak and the Crusaders are set for a strong 2022 season, with nine returnees and four starters returning to the team. With the full game schedule for spring, the team is looking forward to playing.

Head Coach Brad Walulak on the Crusaders…
“We are returning four starters and are excited to compete after a limited schedule last year. The team is in full practice mode and ready for the rigors of Patriot League action.”

LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS
Head Coach: Ralph Van Ormer (5th season)
Letter winners return/lost: 6/4
All-League Returners: None

Van Ormer and the Leopards return six letter winners from the 2021 roster. With hopes to wind down the fall season, the squad is excited to begin competing this spring.

head coach Ralph van Ormer on the leopards…
“Our goal is to always compete at a high level. The Patriot League gets better every year, so we expect our team’s level of play to continue to grow.”

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS
Head Coach: Wouter Hendrix (9th season)
Letter winners return/lost: 6/2
All-League Returners: Zack Elliot (2021 First-Team)

Hendrix’s squad is counting on veteran Zack Elliot’s leadership, a 2021 First-Team roster, to clear the way for the Mountain Hawks. Just two losses from last year’s squad, including Harry Wang, a member of the All-League second team, is set to kick off the 2022 season.

Head Coach Wouter Hendrix on the Mountain Hawks…
“We are looking forward to what will hopefully be an uninterrupted season full of great moments. We really want the chance to get out there and compete. This is an incredible group of young men and they deserve a chance to prove themselves with a packed schedule Like everyone else, we long for a normal year, and we want to be able to work hard, have fun and represent our school as best we can.”

LOYOLA MARYLAND GREYHOUNDS
Head Coach: Rick McClure (42nd season)
Letter winners return/lost: 8/3
All-League Returners: None

McClure and the Loyola Maryland tennis team return eight from the 2021 team. The Greyhounds also welcome three freshmen who will watch the four seniors lead them into the 2022 season.

Head Coach Rick McCoIhours on the Greyhounds…
A slate of 20 duals will mark the spring season for the Loyola men’s tennis program. The Greyhounds will rely on the senior leadership of Skyler Gates, Edik Pribitkin, Benny Glezer and Colin Corsini. All four contributed in the singles and doubles for the team during their four years at Evergreen.Praises to the upperclassmen are sophomores Matt Cardano, Oliver Davey and Nick Haggar, along with freshmen George Cavo, Ryan Boland and Liam Rompre.The team focuses on representing Loyola and competing in the very competitive Patriot League.”

NAVY MIDSHIPS
Head Coach: Chris Garner (8th season)
Letter winners return/lost: 7/1
All-League Returners: Alexander Panyan (2021 Rookie of the Year, 2021 Doubles Team of the Year), Derrick Thompson (2021 First-Team).

After losing the lone senior and 2021 Player of the Year, Andrew Tan, the Mids return seven for the 2022 season. The defending champions of the 2021 Patriot League return two All-League rosters in Alexander Panyan and Derrick Thompson from the seven returnees. Garner and his team are looking forward to competing in a packed schedule this spring.

head coach Chris Garner on the midshipmen…
“I’m sure all the teams are looking forward to a full schedule of the Patriot League games this spring. Hopefully you can see in the rearview mirror what happened last year. Getting the chance to participate in the Patriot League games will help all participating students benefit athletes.”

ABOUT THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
Entering its third decade of academic and athletic achievement, the Patriot League continues to demonstrate that student athletes can excel in both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved as its member institutions remain committed to the tenet of admitting and graduating student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is seen as an important part of a well-rounded education.

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