No. 50 Santa Clara Men's Tennis Begins Spring Season This Weekend

No. 50 Santa Clara Men's Tennis Begins Spring Season This Weekend

by Brandon Reboah

SANTA CLARA, Calif.- The Santa Clara men's tennis team opens up the year this weekend against three California opponents. The Broncos enter the season as the nation's No. 50 ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) rankings- the highest ranking to begin a season in school history. Ranked No. 50 nationally, the Broncos will host Sonoma State, UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis on Sat., Jan. 21 at the Degheri Tennis Center on the Mission Campus. 

"We are excited to finally play a match," said Santa Clara head coach Derek Mills. "The guys have been playing against each other for a couple weeks now. All the teams we play this weekend will definitely be gunning for us since we have a good ranking to start the season. We understand that and hope to play our tennis."

In preparation for a grueling Spring 2012 schedule, the Broncos are aiming to get off to an early start against this weekend's opponents.

"Our goals for the weekend are to stay healthy, improve in every match and win," said Mills.

Game Notes- Jan. 21, 2012

Santa Clara vs. UC Santa Cruz • Degheri Tennis Center (Santa Clara, Calif.) • 9:30 am
Santa Clara vs. UC Davis• Degheri Tennis Center (Santa Clara, Calif.) • 12:30 pm
Santa Clara vs. Sonoma State • Degheri Tennis Center (Santa Clara, Calif.) • 4:30 pm

The Broncos

After a productive fall schedule, the Santa Clara men's tennis program is poised to compete for a WCC championship during 2012 Spring season. The Broncos return every player from last year's squad, but have more experience and more confidence under their belt.

Entering the season in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's top 50, the Broncos return their entire squad from the 2011 campaign. They finished  No. 49 nationally  in the final 2011 rankings.

Seniors Nicolas Vinel and Kyle Dandan highlight the eight-man squad. Vinel is coming off of a fall season in which he won three matches at the Gael Classic in Moraga, Calif. Dandan, a 2011 First-Team All-WCC selection, will continue to bolster the Broncos at the No. 1 singles spot.  In the fall, the two garnered the highest-ever doubles ranking from the ITA. The tandem was ranked No. 37 in the ITA's doubles preseason.

Be sure to check back to for a recap from this weekend's action.