Wow two posts in a morning. Just had to say how excited I am for the Whitman tennis reunion in Las Vegas this weekend! Looking forward to seeing tennis alumni this evening! Will be the best Halloween ever! Ever!
Whitman tennis alum Phalkun Mam (2007) just sent out a report of his Davis Cup experience playing for Cambodia. Huge congratulations to Phalkun for winning singles and doubles matches in the Davis Cup! If the powerpoint slides are difficult to read try viewing the file here
Phalkun also included this write up of the Cambodia Davis Cup program. For easier viewing click here.
Owen just announced this his new book ” Starting a Successful Practice in Clinical Psychology and Counseling: A Guide for Students in Psychology and New Career Pyschologists” will be released September 27th! Here is the link to the book.
So very cool that all your hard work and dedication has paid off! So from the Whitman tennis family…congratulations!
Tonight I was sitting at my computer when I noticed Sam Spiegel (2004) was online. Wasn’t too long before Phalkun Mam (2007) as showed up online and I invited him to join in our chat. Sam was a senior when Phalkun was a freshman so they had a lot to catch-up on!
Both are in great spirits and both pursuing very interesting career options.
Phalkun had just finished playing in the finals of a men’s open tournament and was bit beat after the long weekend and drive home. In mid-August Phalkun leaves for Cambodia where he will become the Assistant to the Director of the Cambodian Tennis Federation. Phalkun will be identifying and working with young Cambodian tennis talent. Phalkun was also happy to report that he is on the Cambodian Davis Cup team that will be playing in Dubai in September. Congratulations to Whitman’s current all-time win holder on his new position and opportunity!
Sam is currently a Lecturer in International Development at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. After leaving Whitman, Sam received a Trudeau Foundation Scholarship to continuing his academic pursuits at Cambridge University. Sam mentioned he hopes to have his PhD wrapped up in the coming weeks! We were speaking/chatting about his experience at Whitman and Sam had the following to say
“Whitman prepared me in a huge number of ways for PhD work at Cambridge and the United Nations projects that I got involved in after I graduated from Whitman. I gained so much from the Whitman politics department and the great times with the tennis team and debate team and all the amazing times there. I’m currently lecturing at the University of Edinburgh and teaching courses in a new international development programme, […]
What a great Presidents Day weekend! Not only did we defeat Willamette in our first home match of the year. But we had visits from Justin Hayashi (2009)and Etienne Moshevich (2011). Justin was on campus as part of Whitman’s Entrepreneurial Conference. Even though Justin only graduated a few years ago he has a wealth of experience. After graduation he joined the Boeing management program and spent two years traveling around the world learning/working for many different aspects of Beoing. Recently he left Boeing to join Zulily (one of Seattle’s fastest growing companies).
Etienne is happy to report that he too is doing fine in the business world. In fact he recently opened his own investor relation company (Transcend Resource Group). Great to see both of these tennis standouts doing well in the business world. Anyone want to guess who won more matches during their time at Whitman?
Back to the headline event of the weekend..our match against Willamette. This was a fun match because the weather was great (at least at the start of the match) so we used 4 indoor courts and 4 outdoor courts to play 8 simultaneous singles matches.
In doubles we started off rock solid at #2 and #3 doubles — at #2 the team “Mandy” (Matt Tesmond and Andy Rigss) rolled to an impressive 8-0 victory and at #3 Noah Lee and Colton Malesovas cruised to an quick 8-1 victory. Unfortunately the duo of Andrew La Cava and Sam Sadeghi dropped their 2nd match in a row 8-9. Much like their match against LCSC Sam/Andrew had chances going up a break several times but then struggled to hold serve.
In singles we couldn’t agree which matches to play indoors/outdoors so we flipped a coin to see which team would […]
Its on…match of the year…epic battle..bragging rights for 2013..
The alumni vs the team Sat May 4th in Walla Walla. Last year the current team squeaked out a close win over the alumni. Losing to the youngsters was a hard pill for the alumni to swallow and I know they are looking for revenge this year. In fact, rumors have been swirling about the alumni training in secret locations to get ready for this match.
Mark your calendar Sat May 4!!!!!
Alumni information schedule for the weekend:
Friday night – alumni practice + dinner at the green
Saturday morning – breakfast at coach’s house
Saturday afternoon – match
Saturday evening – dinner TBA
Sunday morning activity (golfing)
Even if you haven’t touched a racket in a while please show up, watch the match and enjoy a weekend in Walla Walla.
Alumni please RSVP so I know who is coming.
Here are some pictures from last year’s event
Got a very nice email from Quin Miller who was in New York visiting family. While in New York he managed to track down Adriel Borshansky (*cough* Adriel send me an email *cough*) to play some tennis. Quin is now partway through his first year of a Geology PhD at U of Wyoming.
Quin, thanks for the update and have a 2013!
PS Natan you look great!
Phalkun is currently in Cambodia playing on the futures circuit. P currently holds the all-time win record for Whitman men’s tennis and is assistant coach at Lewis & Clark College. Check out his blog at:
Good luck in the coming weeks! Below is one of my favorite pictures of Phalkun — we (Steven Ly, Brad Changstrom, and myself) backpacked into the Wenaha wilderness.
So Matt can we start recruiting Lilia to Whitman now or should we wait until she can walk? From the Whitman tennis family to your new family — CONGRATULATIONS! Matt reports Lilia tipped the scales at 7 lbs and that she and mom are doing great.
Here are the most recent updated career match records. This data can also be found on the top left menu under “Team Stats”. After all these years of updating tables I finally learned the query and importrange functions to automatically update all the sheets. Very exciting Tuesday evening!
Some career milestones – Tolman broke 100 wins, Holton-Burke finished his career with 13 tiebreak losses — one short of tying Matt Solomon for most all time, and La Cava is on pace (92 wins) to shatter Phalkun Mam’s all-time win record (157).