Tennis Teams Head to Ithaca for Liberty League Championships

SCHENECTADY, ​​NY – For the first time in program history, both the Union College men’s and women’s tennis teams qualified for the Liberty League Tournament in the same season and both squads will begin their postseason runs with first-round matches on Friday at Cornell University’s Reis Tennis Center. The sixth-seeded Dutchmen will take on third-seeded Hobart College at 11:30 am, while the sixth-seeded Dutchwomen will battle with local rival Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute beginning at 5 pm.

MEN’S BRACKET: Union (5-10, 3-5 Liberty League) is seeded sixth in the tournament while Hobart (15-6, 6-2 Liberty League) earned the third seed during the regular season. The other first-round match features fourth-seeded Vassar College (9-8, 5-3 Liberty League) and fifth-seeded St. Lawrence University (9-8, 4-4 Liberty League). Top-seeded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (13-2, 8-0 Liberty League) and second-seeded Skidmore College (7-10, 6-2 Liberty League) received byes into the semifinals.

WOMEN’S BRACKET: Union (5-7, 3-5 Liberty League) is seeded sixth in the tournament while RPI (12-7, 6-2 Liberty League) earned the third seed during the regular season. Fourth-seeded Ithaca College (12-6, 5-3 Liberty League) and fifth-seeded St. Lawrence University (8-7, 4-4 Liberty League) will battle in the other first-round matchup. Top-seeded Vassar College (15-2, 8-0 Liberty League) and second-seeded Skidmore College (10-5, 7-1 Liberty League) received byes into the semifinals.

LIVE RESULTS: If you can’t make it to Ithaca, live results will be available for each match. Check the respective team’s schedule pages tomorrow morning for links to follow the action.

POSTSEASON HISTORIES: The Dutchmen are making their first postseason appearance since 2019 and their second since tournament qualification started in 2015. The Dutchmen are 10-28 in Liberty League Tournament play since 1998, but have only had two main-draw victories during that time – the last came in 2005, when sixth-seeded Union knocked off third-seeded Hobart. The conference stopped employing a back draw at the event in 2012.

The Dutchwomen are in the postseason for the first time since 2014, when Union fell 6-0 to St. Lawrence University in the last year before teams had to qualify for the conference tournament. The Dutchwomen are 12-32 all-time in Liberty League Tournament play since 1995, with four main-draw wins to their credit – the last coming in 2003 when fifth-seeded Union upended fourth-seeded William Smith College. The conference stopped employing a back draw at the event in 2011.

CONFERENCE HONORS: Four members of the men’s tennis team earned Liberty League weekly honors this season. Union swept the conference honors on September 27 when sophomore Khai Ton was named the Singles Performer of the Week and the tandem of junior Thomas McGuire and sophomore Bailey McAtee earned Doubles Team of the Week honors. More recently, first-year Ben Jacobs was named Rookie of the Week on April 25.

The Dutchwomen have earned Liberty League weekly honors on four occasions this season. First-year Gabby Gatto has twice been named the conference Rookie of the Week (September 27, April 11), while junior Marilena Karadimou earned Singles Performer of the Week honors on April 25 and previously teamed with sophomore Gracie Nicol to take Doubles Team of the Week laurels on April 4.

WINNING WAYS: First-year Gabby Gatto has posted an 11-6 singles record so far during her first collegiate season, the first Dutchwoman with double-digit singles wins since 2018-19. Gatto had a team-leading five conference singles wins as well this year, including one at first singles and one at second singles to go with three at third singles.

LEADING LADY: Junior Marilena Karadimou leads Union with a combined 19 victories this season. Her 9-9 singles record ties her for second in wins with junior Hallie Katzmanwhile she has teamed with sophomore Gracie Nicol to sport a 10-7 doubles record on the year.

TWO TO TEN: Senior Cameron Klepper and first-year Ben Jacobs with lead the team with 10 singles victories this season, marking the first time in at least a decade that Dutchman teammates both earned 10 singles wins in the same season. Jacobs is the first Union first-year to reach double digits in wins since Klepper won 11 matches as a first-year in 2018-19.

STILL STREAKING (D-III EDITION): Despite falling at third singles to Division I Colgate last week, senior Cameron Klepper enters the postseason riding a nine-match singles winning streak against Division III opposition. The senior is 9-2 in dual matches against D-III competition this year, including one loss at first-singles in the fall.

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