Georgetown News
Men's Tennis - Mon, Feb. 12, 2007

The NAIA preseason tennis rankings released this week have both Georgetown College teams ranked nationally and Head Coach Kevin Calhoun anticipates big things from his "young but veteran" group of men and women.

The NAIA preseason tennis rankings released this week have both Georgetown College teams ranked nationally and Head Coach Kevin Calhoun anticipates big things from his "young but veteran" group of men and women.

"We're very exited for our season to start and have been busy preparing," said Calhoun, in his seventh season. "It is almost time for our preparation to start paying off. We have a very difficult schedule ahead of us but I am confident that our players are ready."

The 19th women's team ranking is the highest ever for Georgetown College. The Lady Tigers, picked to finish second in the Mid-South Conference, are led by junior Kensie Jenkins and sophomores Emily Kerrick and Sarah Yost. In their first season last year, Kerrick and Yost were first team all-conference in both singles and doubles while Jenkins received honorable mention in both. "Emily and Sarah will once again be at the top of our lineup and I anticipate them continuing their improvement," said Calhoun, who is also pleased with the big leap Charis Gambill has made in the transition between her freshman and sophomore years. An added impact will be from newcomer Megan Mars of Middlesboro High School.

For the men, ranked 26th at season's start and third in the MSC, Calhoun will look to second year veterans Matias Carcamo, Andres Escalante and Eugenio Aspillaga as contenders. Carcamo, who played as the team's top seed last year, received the highest singles' ranking in his coach's tenure at Georgetown College in December. Freshmen Miguel Reyes will add to the depth of the squad. "This is an outstanding group of young men and they have a huge desire to be the best tennis players they can be and I am thrilled with the effort they have put in so far this year," Calhoun said. He looks for Carcamo to spawn strong play throughout the team. "Matias has shown the ability to compete at a national level and now our other starters will have to rise to that level as well."

The women begin their season on the road on February 16th at Indiana University Southeast while the men open play at Bellarmine University on the 17th. Both teams will spend spring break week in Florida competing against tough competition that will serve as preparation for the conference and region tournaments. "It will be a very competitive season and will be one that will well prepare us for a strong finish," said Calhoun. He has set his eyes on the women's Northwood University (FL) matchup and the men's date with Cumberland University (TN) as crucial points in each schedule. "If we are going to move up in the polls, these are the ones we need to win."

"The bar is set high at Georgetown College and it is nice to be in a spot where the standards are that high. I feel like I have great role models throughout our athletic department on how to coach championship-caliber teams," said Calhoun, who graduated as the winningest player in Georgetown College history.

 
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