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Wed Mar 21
Final
1 Hobart
8 vs. #28 Denison
@ USTA National Campus (Team USA Courts) in Orlando, Fla.
Thu Mar 22
Final
1 Hope
8 vs. #28 Denison
@ USTA National Campus (Team USA Courts) in Orlando, Fla.
Wed Mar 28
Final
0 Wooster
9 #28 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Mar 31
Final
2 #29 Denison
7 at #9 Carnegie Mellon
in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Wed Apr 04
Final
0 #29 Denison
9 at #19 Kenyon
in Gambier, Ohio
Fri Apr 06
Final
8 #29 Denison
1 at Mo. Baptist
in Creve Coeur, Mo.
Sat Apr 07
Final
0 #29 Denison
9 vs. #10 Washington (Mo.)
@ Kings Point Sports Club in Belleville, Ill.
Tue Apr 10
Final
0 Wittenberg
9 #29 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Fri Apr 13
Final
7 Denison
2 at Wabash
in Crawfordsville, Ind.
Sat Apr 14
Final
9 Denison
0 at DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Sun Apr 22
Final
6 Denison
3 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Fri Apr 27
Final
0 Wooster
5 vs. Denison
@ North Central H.S. NCAC Tournament in Indianapolis
Sat Apr 28
Final
5 Denison
1 vs. Oberlin
@ North Central H.S. in Indianapolis, Ind.
Sun Apr 29
Final
2 #28 Denison
5 vs. #13 Kenyon
@ North Central H.S. in Indianapolis, Ind. - NCAC Championship
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Big Red fall to Lords in NCAC final

Jamie McDonald  |  Photo by Curt Ashcraft
Jamie McDonald | Photo by Curt Ashcraft

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Denison's run through the NCAC Championship came to an end on Sunday afternoon as the Big Red fell to No. 1 seed Kenyon College, 5-2, at the Wynne Tennis Center in Indianapolis, Ind. to finish as the North Coast Athletic Conference runner-up.

In doubles play, both sides looked to be evenly matched from the start with each win coming by a margin of two games or less. In No. 1 doubles, the Lords took the first match when Weston Noall and Alex Rieger defeated DU's top-flight pairing of Kevin Brown and Blake Burstein, 8-6. KC also won No. 2 doubles when Austin Diehl and Jacob Zalenski edged Mitchell Thai and Jamie McDonald in a 9-8 (9-7) tiebreaker.

The same score followed in No. 3 play, but this time it worked in favor of the Big Red as Vlad Rotnov and Brian Weisberg defeated Michael Liu and Nicholas Paolucci, 9-8 (9-7), to trail the Lords by one match, 2-1, entering the singles competition.

On the singles courts, Rotnov fell to Kenyon's Zalenski, 6-3, 6-1, in top-flight play, but Patrick McGuigan cut the Denison deficit back to one, 3-2 when he posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Bryan Yoshino on the No. 5 court.

After Thai dropped a 6-4, 6-3 match to Paolucci in No. 3 singles, McDonald took the first set in No. 2 singles from Diehl, 6-4, but Kenyon countered in the final two sets for the 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory.

Currently ranked No. 28 in the country, the Big Red will end their season at 13-5 overall in dual play. Their 13 wins are the most since 2016 when they finished the year at 13-7.