CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston men's tennis will start spring play this weekend when it heads to Clemson to play its first dual match of the spring season. The team will compete on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 9 a.m. at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Centre on the campus of Clemson.
The Cougars return to play after having had a break from play since November of 2011 when they hosted their last invitational fall tournament, the Cougar Challenge, where they earned four singles flight championships and one doubles championship.
Clemson will be a tough and competitive match which will help the men jump start their spring season and prepare for conference play later in the season.
"We are excited to start our season with such a strong team," said CofC Head Coach Jay Bruner. "This season is full of challenges preparing us for our conference tournament and this is an exciting way to get things going. We have three strong senior leaders (Mickael Trintignac, Tom Delme and Chris Toussaint) and four returning juniors (Stephen Hardy, Billy Kenny, Kyle Parker and Bryan Roberts) who know the expectations of the program and have prepared to reach new goals this spring.
"Returning from last year's conference championship team are seven of our ten players. We will have all new doubles lineups with a mix of new and returning players with loads of experience. This should be a fun match."
Following the Clemson match, the Cougars will take a brief hiatus before traveling to Macon, Ga., for a Feb. 4 match against Mercer.