With a young and talented squad, the men's tennis team is looking forward to another successful season.

"I'm psyched for this fall," said Andrew Fried '08. "The team has a lot of potential."

Although men's tennis graduated five seniors last spring, a solid core of sophomores including Noah Buntman, Armin Drake, Fried, and Garrett Gates will anchor the young squad.

First years Alex Caughron, Nick Day, Blake Wheale, and Alex White have also demonstrated considerable potential and talent. Andrew McDonald '07 and Sam Bitettti '07 are abroad this semester and will rejoin the team in the spring.

The Polar Bears look to build on last season's success, when the team went 11-5 and earned a national ranking of 14th.

"We had an awesome season this past spring," Fried said.

After several weeks of practicing, conditioning, team dinners, and other team activities, the team has strengthened its play on the court and team chemistry off the court.

"The team this fall has really come together," Buntman said.

The team's first test will be this weekend's Middlebury Invitational. At the tournament, Bowdoin players will be placed into various singles draws, and then join forces with a teammate to play doubles.

"I'm pretty fired up about this weekend," said Buntman.

"The competition's gonna be tough, but we've been working incredibly hard both during practice and conditioning. It's been a very productive past couple of weeks, and we're all prepared to do well at Middlebury,"he added.

Tournament play starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.