March 4, 2003
Head Coach Whitney Snyder returns for his eighth season as mentor of the men's tennis program. He looks to continue to mold the team into a competitive force in the Atlantic 10 this year and improve upon last year's sixth place finish. One goal that Coach Snyder has set for the team is advancement to, at least, the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championships. Leading the Dukes towards this goal are returning sophomores Ryan Moseley and Seth Fogelman. In addition, Bowling Green transfer Micael Lopez-Acevedo adds much needed experience to this young team.
Moseley and Fogelman will have to step up as the team lost its two top performers from last year in seniors David Brady and Vicente Arias. In losing Brady, the Dukes move ahead without an Atlantic 10 All-Conference and Academic All-District player. Moseley and Fogelman showed their competence during the 2001-2002 campaign as they each compiled eight singles wins as freshmen. The win tallies for the doubles matches were 13 and five respectively. Both players followed last year's proficient play by each posting 12 total wins this past fall with six in singles and six in doubles play.
As the most experienced player on the team, Lopez-Acevedo brings a 51-32 record from Bowling Green State University. This past fall he was able to accumulate an impressive 8-3 record for the Dukes. Adding depth to the squad are returning sophomores Joseph Esposito and Robert Schirripa. Both Esposito and Schirripa earned their first wins at the collegiate level during the 2001-2002 tennis season. They also amassed six wins overall during the fall, each earning three in singles matches and three in doubles matches.
Rounding out the team are freshmen Russell Moseley, Robert Ojeda and Devon Peightal. Moseley, the younger brother of Ryan Moseley, did not attend college in the fall and joined the Dukes for the spring semester. In Moseley the team has a player that was a top performer in Barbados and holds a ranking in the International Tennis Federation. Peightal's high school resume includes 4-time All State consideration as well as a national ranking with the United States Tennis Association. Despite being new to high level of play at the collegiate level, Peightal held his ground and amassed a .500 record last fall, going 10-10 overall. In addition, he was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Oct. 1 for his performance versus Bucknell. Ojeda transferred from Marquette to Duquesne in January. In his first semester of collegiate action, he posted a 2-5 singles record including a 2-1 showing at the Marquette Invitational. He was 0-1 in doubles play.
The hectic spring schedule for the 2002-2003 Atlantic 10 season commences February 22nd as the Dukes host Buffalo. Only twenty-four hours later the team will find itself in Altoona to face Bloomsburg. Included in the schedule is a trip to Florida where the Dukes will face Stetson, Boston College, and Rollins. The Dukes compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference where it will run into opponents Dayton, George Washington, Saint Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's, Temple and Xavier. The team will also come up against non-conference juggernauts such as Penn State, West Virginia and Villanova. The season ends with the Atlantic 10 Championships taking place from April 11th through April 13th here in Pittsburgh. Duquesne will host the event for the third straight year at the Oxford Athletic Club in Monroeville.