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HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s tennis team officially welcomed three new members earlier this month, as head coach Chris Drake announced that Peter Conklin, Casey Ross and John Speicher will be part of the Dartmouth Class of 2021. The trio will join a team that has seen much success over the last few seasons, including an NCAA Tournament appearance last May. 

“These three young men – both individually and collectively – make up a recruiting class that represents the type of program we strive to have here at Dartmouth,” Drake said.  “They are extremely good tennis players, highly motivated competitors and hard workers. On top of that, I can’t say enough about their character and integrity. Peter, Casey and John will be assets to our team and to the Dartmouth community.”

Conklin is a senior at Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut, and is ranked No. 39 in the country.  He has played the No. 1 singles position for his team all four years and has led them to two New England Prep School championships.  He was also named to the USTA Junior Leadership Team. 

“Dartmouth had everything I was looking for in a college,” Conklin said. “The phenomenal tennis program will help me reach my full potential, and the players on the team are all very close to one another, and I think that camaraderie is definitely something of which I would like to be a part.”

Ross attends Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colorado. He is a two-time individual state champion in singles and has led his team to four consecutive state titles. In addition to being one of the top 50 players in the country and the No. 1 player in Colorado, Ross earned the Wes Richards Sportsmanship Award in 2016, an honor given to one player each year at our national championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan.   

“I had a really positive image of Dartmouth from the coaches when I first met them over a year ago,” Ross said. “I love the campus and I think it will be a great fit. I can’t wait.”

Speicher will graduate in a few months from Webster Schroeder High School in New York, where, as a freshman, he was given the Boomer Award, an honor given to only one male student each year in recognition of outstanding academic and athletic achievements.  He is ranked No. 34 in the country and has been ranked No. 1 in the Eastern section in the boys 12s, 14s, and 18s during his junior career. Additionally, he received the Eastern Junior Sportsmanship Award. 

“I know that the education Dartmouth provides will offer many advantages when my tennis career is over,” Speicher said. “I felt like I had a great connection with the team and coaches. I think the coaches can help me improve a lot individually and that the team can become really successful as well.”

This year’s Big Green men’s tennis team will begin its winter slate of matches with home contests on Friday and Saturday, January 20th and 21st against Bryant and Indiana, respectively.  Click here to see the full schedule with start times included.