WEST LIBERTY -- The West Virginia Wesleyan men's tennis team will kick off the season on Friday morning with doubles and singles play at the Hilltopper Classic in West Liberty.
The two day event will feature no fewer than five teams that made the NCAA tournament in the Atlantic region.
"We have a few fresh faces in the lineup this weekend, and some veteran guys are playing in new positions so I am curious to see how we will fare," said head coach Marc Walters. "The team has had two solid weeks of match play coming in, so I am confident in our physical conditioning. But it's on the mental side of things where I think we will learn more about these freshmen."
Lukas Laipold (Fr., Austria) and Alexander Lyudinovskiy (Fr., Spain) finished 1-2 in the team challenger last week, while Pierre-Oliver Bedard (Fr, Montreal, Can.) also finished among the top tive by upsetting last year's top player Nathan Sabate.
The event is flighted with seven singles brackets and two doubles groups playing in "A" and "B" flights. Play continues at 8 a.m. Saturday with the semifinals and finals in all events.