Rams look to build on historic season
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Men's Tennis - Thu, Apr. 27, 2017

Cornell's men's tennis team looks to continue its historic season Friday at the Nielsen Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the Midwest Conference Team Championship.

Cornell (17-10, 7-1 MWC) broke the record for dual wins in a season last weekend, and looks to win its first-ever MWC Tournament title. The No. 2 seeded Rams play at 8:30 a.m. against No. 3 seed Lake Forest (13-10, 6-2 MWC), which they defeated 6-3 on April 10. The other semifinal features No. 1 seed Grinnell (16-9, 8-0 MWC) as it puts a 133-conference match winning streak on the line against No. 4 seed Lawrence (11-9, 5-3 MWC).

The semifinal winners play at approximately 1 p.m. Friday with a berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament on the line.

Cornell's lone MWC loss came at the hands of Grinnell with an 8-1 setback on March 4. Hayden Dzurisin (FR/Crystal Lake, Ill.) was the lone Ram winner that day with a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 2 singles.

The Rams won't be done Friday as the MWC Singles Championships start at 8 a.m. Saturday and the MWC Doubles Championships at 8 a.m. Sunday. The Rams have earned high seeds all over the board.

No. 1 singles Gabriel Souza (SO/Teresopolis, Brazil), No. 4 singles Aditya Goyal (FR/Cupertino, Calif.), and No. 5 singles Tucker Barnes (JR/Flower Mound, Texas) all earned No. 2 seeds in their respective brackets after outstanding showings throughout the season. No. 2 Dzurisin, No. 3 Shoma Kishimoto (FR/Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), and No. 6 Nick Van Den Handel (SO/Highland Village, Texas) all had strong seasons, earning the No. 3 seeds in their respective brackets.

Cornell doubles will be highlighted by the No. 1 pairing of Souza/Kishimoto, as they earned the No. 1 seed. The No. 2 duo of Barnes/Van Den Handel and No. 3 team of Dzurisin/Goyal also had strong seasons with both doubles teams earning No. 4 seeds.

Cornell will be looking to crown its first MWC individual champion since 1980 when Steve Mastio won the No. 2 singles tournament.