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Men's Tennis Opens Spring Season Friday

Jan. 16, 2008

Peter MacDonald, third-year Gonzaga University men's tennis head coach, is looking towards a talented group of Bulldogs to lead the march into the 2008 campaign.

"These guys have come a long ways," said MacDonald of the team that posted 11 wins last season - the most victories the program has seen since the 1999 season. "My expectations of this squad are much higher than they have been in the past."

Leading the brigade will be senior co-captains Charles Adams and Cooper Fratt. Both Adams and Fratt are expected to provide a solid base of leadership for the young Zags this season as well as provide Gonzaga with experience on the court.

"Charles brings a strong intensity to the court," commented MacDonald. "He is someone to turn to during big matches thanks to his strong drive and dedication. He has an ability to bring fun to the squad and keep things exciting.

"When it comes to competitions, Cooper is a hard worker," added MacDonald. "He possesses a solid base of tactics and strategies, and provides our team with a great example of a good leader."

The remaining Zags are highlighted by a pair of international Bulldogs - junior Stefan Feddersen and sophomore Roman Dojcak.

Feddersen comes to Gonzaga after a stellar two-year career at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif. During his junior college career, the native of Antofagasta, Chile, was a two-time All-America honoree, posting an undefeated singles dual match record.

"Stefan is a talented, hard worker," MacDonald said. "With his talent and more experience at the Division I level, I have high expectations for him."

Dojcak returns to the Bulldogs as the lone All-West Coast Conference performer from last season. During his rookie campaign, he posted a 15-20 singles record as well as a 13-8 doubles record. This season, he is expected to play near the top of the line-up.

"Roman is an exciting player to watch," said MacDonald. "He plays every point like it's the final of Wimbledon. This season, he will face some tough challenges but I believe he is ready to step up and make some major contributions."

Logan Napolsky joins Feddersen to round out the Zags' juniors, while Zack Radetzky and newcomer Zach Peach round out the sophomores. Gonzaga also features redshirt freshman Casey McCoy.

"Zack's hard work during the summer became apparent in the fall season," stated MacDonald of Radetzky. "He has made huge improvements and has really taken ownership of his game.

"Logan has a big serve-and-volley game. He will play a key role in doubles this season."

Joining Fedderson and Peach as newcomers this season are Conor Feeney and Michael Schuster.

"Conor was highly recruited out of northern California," stated MacDonald. "If he puts in his time, polishes his tools, he could end up as a major contributor. I also expect Zach, Casey and Michael to put in a lot of effort and make an impact this season."

The Zags will face a demanding 2008 schedule as they face stiff competition, including Arizona State University and Santa Clara University, both teams which finished 2007 ranked 48th and 72nd, respectively. West Coast Conference ranked foes include No. 20 Pepperdine University and No. 73 University of San Diego, both of which are possible opponents in the conference championship.

Gonzaga will open the spring campaign Jan. 18 with a match at local Whitworth University. The Bulldogs will then open their home slate with a Feb. 1 match hosting the University of Nevada at the Spokane Racquet Club.