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    Week in review — crossing a dam, rafting, camping and a few matches!

Week in review — crossing a dam, rafting, camping and a few matches!

Wow it’s been a crazy busy week and I didn’t have much time to do any writing. Plus now that I’m getting older I’m not sure how much I remember from the past week!

After a 2-week break from competitive match play we again took to the courts the weekend of April 5 & 6 for conference matches against Lewis Clark and George Fox. Saturday we defeated the #4 team in the conference 8-1. Our only loss was at #1 where Colton dropped a close three-setting against LC’s talented freshman Michael Brewer. On Sunday we made the trek to Newberg and defeated the Bruins 9-0.
What I mainly remember about the weekend was our pizza buffet at a nearby Family Fun Center with tennis alumni Dr. Clifford Mah (’99). Not only were we treated to an all you can eat dinner but had access to all activities at the Family Fun Center. Highlight for the night was when the entire team (and only the team) had access to the go cart race track. First round of racing was pretty mellow with some occasional bumping and passing (dang you Will for spinning me out!). The second time was pure chaos — anything and everything was in play! Bumping, crashing, passing, fist pumping you name it — basically pure chaos. In this race I certainly had my game face on and was the CLEARLY the best driver! Let’s go coach!

There was also some 2 vs 2 mini golf competitions but I don’t remember too much about the games. I think Parker and I lost by a couple strokes but who was REALLY counting….?
Dr. Mah thanks for the amazing evening of food and fun!

Take away points from the Portland […]

Spring Break Recap

What’s not to like about a two-week spring break? The team had a solid week of play (well, actually – two weeks with CMS, Trinity, UC Santa Cruz on campus early in the month) and now a week of much-needed R & R! The only drawback is that I’ve been too busy with the R & R part to update the blog…sorry, but this is going to be a long post!

Chapter 1 – Women’s Basketball and The Best Volunteer Ever!

We started off spring break with matches in Tacoma against conference opponents PLU and UPS. Since we were near SeaTac airport, I arranged the schedule so we could play our conference matches and then fly to California for our next set of matches. I even arranged for good friend and Whitman Cross Country coach Scott Shields to travel with us so that he could bring the Whitman turtletop van back to campus. However, our amazing women’s basketball team threw a wrench into my carefully crafted plans. Because our women’s basketball team is so amazing, they were selected to host the first two weekends of the NCAA tournament! Such an awesome experience for the women’s team and they made the most of it, advancing all the way to the National Championship finals where they lost to FDU. Their run to the finals was even more special for our team since they are our sister team and we do a lot of activities together.

Since women’s basketball was hosting, Scott, who is a senior athletic administrator, had to stay on campus for the games. On very short notice (two days) the BEST volunteer EVER Tom Sawatzki made the trip with us. Tom is also the coordinator for our […]

What a weekend!

Wow a weekend! We were so incredibly fortunate to have some of the best D3 tennis in the nation happening on campus and on the new outdoor courts. Our weekend started with a noon match against Pacific University. In my mind this was the most important match of the weekend. I knew Pacific is very good this year and since we only play them once (thank you NWC for the silly round-robin and half concept) I knew this match would determine who would be crowned NWC Champion and host the conference tournament. We started off tight in this match. We didn’t play well — we struggled to find our rhythm, struggled to return in doubles, and struggled completing matches. In the end we finished with a 6-3 victory with loses at #1 doubles and #5 and #6 singles.

Following the match we moved indoors  to take on #6 Trinity Texas. If there was a silver-lining in the Pacific match it was that we had worked out some nerves and started off much stronger in doubles. We played very solid doubles winning #1 (Colton/Andrew) 8-5 and #3 (James/Steven) 8-3. Trinity took #2 doubles 8-4. In the early part of the singles we had all the momentum and  it looked like we were going to roll through Trinity. We were up 2-1, had won the first sets at #1, #4, and were up 5-2 at #2. Trinity once again proved they are a great group of competitors and swung the momentum in the match. Their #2 player (who was the #1 player in the nation last year) came back to win the 1st set in a breaker. And their #1 player turned up his game to an […]

Weekend recap

Someone once told me it’s always better to look forward than backwards. I suppose that’s why I did a weekend preview story before I posted a recap story. Actually it has been a wonderful week for the Whitties and last night (at least for me) was the BEST part of the week. Last evening I had the privilege of watching Nasko tackle the role of Hamlet on the Alexander stage at Harper Joy Theatre. Nasko was absolutely amazing and it’s easy to see why the Whitman theater department picked him to play one of Shakespeare’s most tragic and most important characters. He commanded the stage and audience with his presence and passion. Both my wife and I got teary eyed when he, and he alone, took the final bow in front a standing audience. On a personal note last night was one of those moments when I’m once again reminded how lucky I am to be working with, coaching, and developing life-long friendships with so many wonderful men. Nasko — bravo you are simply amazing!

“To be or not to be” the NWC Player of the Week? Once again a Whittie was named NWC Player of the Week. Congratulations to Colton for receiving this award. He went 3-0 over the weekend at #1 singles and #1 doubles.

James was recognized by his teammates for his efforts this week and will wear the Yellow Jersey for the rest of the week. Kudos to James. This year he has struggled to find his game and over the weekend things started to snap back into place. It’s been a semester of hard work and frustration for James but he has handled it with incredible maturity and resolve. I don’t think […]

Spring Break Walla Walla Style

First off here is some valuable information for the upcoming weekend.

Weather forecast looks great for this weekend (what a change from snow and ice on Monday) with a predicted high of 63 on Saturday! If the weather holds here is the schedule for what the bloggers are calling “Spring Break Walla Walla”.

Friday noon Whitman vs Pacific (outdoors)
Friday not before 4pm Whitman vs Trinity (indoors). After the Pacific match Whitman will get an hour break for dinner before the evening match.
Saturday 10am Trinity vs UC Santa Cruz (outdoors)
Saturday not before 1pm Whitman vs CMS (outdoors). This match will start about 30 minutes after the 10am match
Saturday not before 5pm CMS vs Trinity (indoors). CMS will have an hour dinner break before starting the evening match
Sunday 8am Whitman vs UCSC (weather depending)
Sunday immediately following UCSC vs CMS (weather depending)

If the weather is poor the first match each day will start at 8am and matches will progress during the day.

Here are the indoor livestream links for the weekend (we don’t have the capability to stream from the outdoor courts)

court 1 https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7192952/events/2818488
court 2 https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7192971/events/2818493
court 3 https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7193039/events/2818498
court 4 https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7194245/events/2818501

Needless to say we are all incredibly excited about this weekend. Not since I started the National Indoors all those many years ago has there been this many ranked teams at Whitman. I’m also thrilled to be using our new and amazing outdoor courts this weekend. It’s the perfect scenario: some of the best teams in the nation coming to play on one of the best new tennis facilities in the nation. I know I’m biased, but our courts are absolutely beautiful and feature unbelievable viewing from all angles. I’m also looking forward to the potential of livestreaming the indoor evening matches. Division 3 tennis […]

Livestream for Sunday

Here are the livestream addresses for Sunday’s match against Lewis Clark College

Court #1 https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7192952/events/2809269

Court #2 https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7192971/events/2809272

Court #3 https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7193039/events/2809274

Court #4 https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7194245/events/2809276

Link to scoring http://goo.gl/HoSJzb

Note matches start on the following courts:

#1 on court 3

#2 on court 2

#3 on court 4

#4 on court 1

livestream links

Court 1  (https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7192952/events/2806229)

Court 2 (https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7192971/events/2773205)

Court 3 (https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7193039/events/2806249)

Court 4 (https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7194245/events/2806254)

And big congratulations to senior Andy Riggs who was named NWC Tennis Pla

Recapping the week

Been a busy week at Whitman. Last weekend we made the first of two trips to Oregon to open our conference season. On Friday we opened with a 9-0 victory over Linfield. Unfortunately for the Wildcats they have had a couple season ending injuries and could only suit up 5 healthy players for the match. Even though we were playing on three courts we were able to put #5 singles on with the doubles. At that #5 slot freshman Jacob Christensen got his first win of his career with a convincing 6-0, 6-0 victory. Coupled with wins at #1 doubles (Andy and Jake) and #2 doubles (Parker and James) we quickly went up 5-0 (Linfield defaulted #6 singles and #3 doubles). We managed to sweep through the rest of the doubles without dropping a set.

Saturday proved to be a beautiful day in the Willamette Valley..with clear skies and temperatures over 50 we were able to get the match on outdoors. We felt very fortunate to be able to play outdoors. So far its been a rather cold spring so any day we get outside to play can only help us down the road.

Against Willamette we started off strong in doubles winning 8-3, 8-3, and 8-1. For the most part that momentum carried over into the singles where we rolled to victories at #1 (Andy), #4 (Jake) and #5 (James). Parker struggled at the start of his match going down 1-4 in the first. Great effort from the freshman to get over his frustration and shore up game to win 6-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-3). At #3 Petar had a bit of a hiccup losing his focus at 6-3, 4-1. He ended up dropping 5 straight […]

Double Header LCSC

Sorry for the delay getting this post up but yesterday was a wickedly busy day.

We spent Presidents Day doing exactly what our founding fathers probably would of done (or at least wanted us to do) — play tennis! This was a reschedule of our match that was snowed out the previous weekend. Originally Coach Fong and I had a great idea of playing two matches with two different sets of guys. Kind of a squad A and squad B event. However even the best plans can go astray and in this case injuries got the best of the Warrior team and they didn’t have 12 healthy bodies to play. Instead they had to rotate between 8 guys and were missing a couple of their core players.

The first match of the day started off with most of our freshman seeing their intercollegiate dual match. The Warriors took advantage of our inexperience quickly winning all three matches giving them a 3-0 lead going into the singles.

Petar Jivkov/Parker Silverman lost Hsiang-Yu Su/Shao-Po Yin 8-2
Will Huskey/Joey Diaz lost Haseeb Khan/Sam Elsethagen 8-4
Alex Noyes/Jacob Christensen lost Sam Tozer/Anthony Croteua 8-4

In singles our team got a boost from James Rivers who won the #2 position 6-3, 6-4. He was quickly followed by wins at #4 Parker Silverman (6-2, 6-0) and #1 Jake Hoeger (6-1, 7-5). Great work by the Whitman team not being discourage after doubles and competing hard in the singles. Even though we were blown out of doubles we managed to tie the score at 3-3. Unfortunately Sophomore Alex Noyes ran into a fiery opponent and dropped his match 6-3, 6-2 which put LCSC a match away from taking the team match. It also meant our hopes were […]

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Yellow Jersey

Yellow jersey this week was a tie! Congratulations to Jake Hoeger and Colton Malesovas for winning this award. Perhaps it had something to do with their superior skill playing tennis in the snow!