By Daniel Herrick
After defeating Grove City 5-0 in the first round of NCAA regional play last Friday, the Men’s Tennis team fell 5-0 to Case Western Reserve in the second round on Saturday.
The Spartans proved their number two regional ranking and number nine national ranking as they handled the Hornets with little issue. After winning all three double’s matches, Case received wins at number’s one and three singles to complete the 5-0 sweep.
The defeat marked the end of the season for the Men’s Tennis team and the end of a career for three seniors: Peter Rothstein, Mike Korn, and Skippy Faber. Korn and Faber were both four-year players at K, while Rothstein transferred into K for his sophomore season from Johns Hopkins. Whether they played three years or four, all of the seniors felt blessed to be a part of this team and this program.
“It’s a great feeling to know that I contributed four years to our history,” said Korn. “I hope that I was able to not only have an influence on these last four years, but also on the future players going forward as well.”
“It’s special being part of something that means so much to so many different generations,” said Rothstein. “It mean’s a lot because it is bigger than just one year’s team, it means something to 76 years of teams. Each year I was playing for the hundreds of men that have played at K.”
Being a part of the legacy is something that these three won’t soon forget. It occupied a special place for all three during their time at K and they would be quick to recommend their program to future generations of players.
“I would advise any recruit to give K a long look,” said Faber. “It’s a winning atmosphere where a chance to play in the NCAA tournament is but guaranteed every year.”
“If you’re an in-state player, unless you’re a superstar, like D-I level,” said Korn. “K is the school for you. I don’t know why you would look anywhere else.”
History and resources are of course factors that speak well for K, but the players feel that Coach Riley should absolutely be mentioned as one of the main reasons for attending K.
“He’s a very experienced coach, but he’s more than a coach,” said Korn. “He treats you not just as a player, but as a person. He’s very interested in your development both on and off the court.”
“He brings out the best in players and makes the entire experience of playing college tennis much more enjoyable,” said Faber. “Which is a lot more than what can be said for other programs.”
Rothstein had the unique opportunity to play for two college tennis programs and provides a unique perspective on the K program because of it.
“At Hopkins, there was no winning tradition. After graduation, it was the end of Hopkins tennis,” said Rothstein. “At K, you are in the family for life.”