Cougars Primed For Postseason Play

Cougars Primed For Postseason Play

Worcester, Mass. – In the midst of one of the best seasons in school history, the Clark University men's tennis team returns to the New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) postseason tournament riding high.

The Cougars (15-3, 3-2 NEWMAC) enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed and will face second-seeded Coast Guard Academy at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at the DuPont Tennis Center at MIT. The Engineers – the only champion the conference has known under its current constitution dating back to 1999 – will host Springfield College beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Clark is 0-3 against the Bears in postseason play, having dropped quarterfinal showdowns in 2002, 2003 and 2010.

This season could be different, however, as the Cougars have emerged as one of the surprise teams in all of New England. Led by junior Diego Angel (Lima, Peru) at No. 1 singles, and a crew of stellar freshmen, Clark ran off nine straight wins and won 15 of its last 17 matches. Included in the winning streak were wins over Division I Holy Cross and the program's first-ever win over NEWMAC rival Wheaton.

Angel enters the tournament with a 10-1 overall record at No. 1 singles, having won eight straight. The 2010 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, he has solidified himself as one of the best players in the region.

Meanwhile, Dan Stein (Newton, Mass.) has been exceptional at No. 2 all season. After playing in just one match as a freshman in 2011 due to injury, Stein has posted a 13-3 ledger in his first full season of collegiate competition.

Freshmen Josh Burger (Fairfield, Conn.) and Joel Simonson (Waterford, Conn.) have combined for a record of 27-4 with Burger posting a 7-1 record at No. 5 and Simonson going 7-1 at No. 6.

Junior Dan Paradee (Gardiner, Maine) has played at No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6, going a combined 13-3, including a 7-0 mark between No. 3 and No. 4.

On the doubles side, Zack Goodstein (Columbus, Ohio) has teamed with Angel at No. 1 for most of the season, while the duo of Phillip Porter (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) and Dan Hall (Sutton, Mass.) have been strong at No. 3.

The winners of Saturday's matches will face off on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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