Men's tennis opens the spring season Sunday in Chapel Hill

Nicolas Rakitin (Photos by Scarborough Photography)
Nicolas Rakitin (Photos by Scarborough Photography)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell men's tennis will open the spring season this weekend as they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. for their first match of the season. The Camels will take on the Bucknell Bison in a neutral site match, set for noon on Sunday, January 15 at UNC's Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

Campbell wrapped up the 2016 campaign in the quarterfinals of the Big South Championships after falling to Presbyterian, 4-3. The Camels went 8-13 overall, including a 3-5 record in conference play. Returning seven lettermen and three all-conference honorees from the 2016 squad, the Camels were most recently voted to finish third in Big South in the preseason coaches' poll.

Key returners include junior Lukas Schaefer who was named first-team all-conference last season after posting a 17-16 singles record and going 5-3 in conference play. Nicolas Rakitin is the lone senior on the 2017 men's team, and is looking to go out with all-conference honors for the third-straight season. Sophomore Gerard Sola earned a spot on the all-conference second team with doubles partner Rakitin. In addition to four other returners, the Camels welcome two newcomers this spring in Fabien Ayet and Fernando Clemente.

Bucknell opens its season with two matches on Saturday, Jan. 14 against North Carolina and Wofford before facing the Campbell the next day. The Bison return all but one player from a team that went 14-13 overall and 2-3 in Patriot League action last season. They were chosen by the conference's coaches to finish sixth in the Patriot League.

Following the match, the Campbell men will head to Richmond, Va. to take on UNC Charlotte and Morgan State in two neutral site matches on Friday, January 20. The Camels return home Thursday, February 2 for their home-opener as they host Chowan. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell tennis, follow @GoCamelsTennis on Twitter.