Division III Tennis: 3 Men to Watch Out for this Postseason

Division III Tennis: 3 Men to Watch Out for this Postseason Division III Tennis: 3 Men to Watch Out for this Postseason

Once May hits the collegiate tennis calendar, Division III tennis players compete for two titles: the team competition and singles. Wins in this part of the season can also help boost your position atop the rankings. With the rankings updated on May 15th, this article will feature players at the pinnacle of their leaderboards, and why they are dangerous to play come the singles tournament at the end of the month.

1. Tristan Bradley: 

The senior American from Bowdoin College in the NESCAC has been the best men’s Division III tennis player the entire regular season. Bradley went 19-1 in the twenty matches he played. His one loss was a three-setter against Alexander Leischner of Point Loma Nazarene University, a DII school, rendering him undefeated in D3 play. 

His record matches the quality of his play. Right before the lone loss, Tristan beat #2 Advik Mareedu of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6-1 6-3 and #21 Nicolas Calixto of Redlands 6-1 in the third. That kind of play has been replicated in the past few weeks as Bradley beat #3 Matthew Kandel of Williams in straight sets and #7 Vuk Vuksanovic of Tufts in three sets to close out the regular season. Bradley started his postseason campaign with another feature win a few days ago: another straight-set win over #3 Matthew Kandel in the third round of the team competition. Bradley is a weapon for Bowdoin to win a team title and is a big frontrunner to win the singles title. 

2. Advik Mareedu: 

The sophomore from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps has had a tale-of-two-halves type of season. If we go back to the end of February, the American had just lost his third match of the season to #8 Dean Kamenev and was 9-3 with no marquee victories. A switch turned on after this defeat, as Mareedu has gone 19-1 in his last twenty matches; the only loss against #1 Tristan Bradley. Top wins piled up against #7 Vuk Vuksanovic (6-2 6-3), a tight three-setter against #3 Matthew Kandel, and two wins against #21 Nicolas Calixto. All these wins have occurred in Mareedu’s current 15-match winning streak that has catapulted him up to #2 in the rankings. The second win over Calixto is Mareedu’s only match in May so far and it was the kickstart to his postseason campaign (a 5-1 win over Redlands in the third round). CMS will face Tufts next in the quarters. 

3. Jordan Theron: 

The senior from Sewanee: The University of the South is my dark horse for the postseason. Theron is a mystery to solve, as there have been great points during the season and some puzzling results. His 24-5 record is misleading. In October, he lost to Perry Gregg of Holy Cross College (NAIA), then in February to Gabriel Castillo-Sanchez of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (DI). In March, he suffered defeat to Austin Stone of Westmont College (DII). While losing to arguably higher competition, Theron’s two DIII losses are to men not in the top 50. However, he has two wins over #6 Emil Grantcharov of U-Chicago, a win over #11 Caleb Wilkins of Chapman, and two wins over #8 Dean Kamenev of Emory. Unfortunately for Theron, Emory eliminated Sewanee in the team competition but he now has a few weeks to focus on the singles tournament. 

Image Credit: Bowdoin Athletics/Claremont Mudd Scripps/Sewanee Athletics

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