Winners of nine out of the last ten North Coast Athletic Conference championships, the Kenyon men's tennis program has consistently earned a position in the national spotlight. The Lords have garnered a total of 14 NCAC championship titles in the last 22 seasons and have made 15 appearances in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III championship tournament.
The most recent of those NCAA appearances occurred last season, when the Lords advanced to the quarterfinal round before bowing out against No. 5 Washington (Mo.) University. Kenyon's run marked the third time in the past four seasons that the Lords were among the final eight teams remaining in the tournament. Accordingly, Kenyon was slotted as the No. 7 team in the final Campbell's/Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, the highest end-of-season ranking in program history.
In addition to the team's success, two Lords reached the pinnacle of individual competition by capturing the NCAA singles championship. Michael Greenberg '10 claimed the solo crown in 2008 to give Kenyon its first men's tennis national champion since Don McNeill in 1940.
High standards are not new to this program. In 2003, the Lords earned a No. 13 national ranking and ever since have been ranked among the top twenty-five teams in the nation. The Lords also maintain a current streak of 53 consecutive NCAC regular-season match victories, a streak that dates back to 1999.
Delving deeper into Kenyon history, the Lords once put together 70 consecutive match victories and seven Ohio Athletic Conference titles from 1935-1941.