Kenyon Excels in Singles and Doubles at Championship
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 00:11
Paul Burgin ’13 claimed third place at the 2012 United States Tennis Association/International Tennis Association (USTA/ITA) National Small College Championship in Mobile, Al. last week, defeating Andy Hersh of Johns Hopkins University 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 in a consolation match. Burgin had earned an at-large bid to the tournament, which is comprised of eight Division III regional champions. His third-place finish is the highest of any Lord in the tournament’s history.
In his opening match, Burgin took down Claremont McKenna College’s Neel Kotrappa 6-3, 6-3. “It’s always good to start the tournament off on the right foot,” Burgin said. “I knew it was going to be a tough match, but I played well and beat him in straight sets.”
In the semifinals, however, Burgin fell 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 to North Carolina Wesleyan’s Robert Kjellberg. “I was so close to being in the finals, I could almost taste it,” Burgin said. “But it didn’t work out. But it’s gonna leave me motivated for the season, give me the motivation to work hard in the off-season, which is something that you always need.”
Despite his semifinal loss, Burgin still secured All-American Honors for the 2012-13 season. That’s yet another accolade for the senior, who is a three-time ITA academic honoree and is the 11th ranked D-III singles player going into the spring season, which begins in February.
Burgin wasn’t the only Lord in Alabama last week. Wade Heerboth ’15 and Robert Turlington ’16 represented Kenyon in the doubles bracket, where they finished fifth. They had a rough start, stumbling 6-1, 6-0 to a duo from Claremont McKenna. But in the consolation bracket, they secured a 6-3, 7-5 victory over a duo from Drew University and a three-set win (2-6, 7-5, 10-3) over a pair from Emory University.
If last week’s results are any indication, the Lords, who are ranked second in the nation, have a good shot at repeating last year’s success.
“I’m hoping that we can accomplish what we didn’t accomplish last year, which is win the team national title,” Burgin said.
Last May, the Lords lost to Emory University in the NCAA D-III Championship. “From a personal level, I would love to be able to make a run at the individual national title, but that comes second to the team. If we win the team national title, then … I’ll be happy,” he said.
Michael Razumovsky ’15, who is currently ranked third in the nation, also has his eyes set on the individual title. He made it to the semifinal round in last spring’s NCAA Singles Championship.
“There are a lot of other good one-two combinations in the country,” Burgin said, “but I think that we’ll have two of the top 10 players in the country, for sure. I’m trying to think of other teams that will have a better one-two combination, and right now I’m struggling to come up with that.”