A most glorious weekend

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 […]

USTA Campus Showdown = Alumni Showdown

Recently the USTA/ITA started a new program called the Campus Showdown. These events are one-day, open tennis events held on college campuses. I figured hosting a campus showdown would be a great way for some of the guys to play extra matches. I didn’t figure on the alumni getting wind of the event and coming out to play! Saturday’s Whitman Campus Showdown will feature 8 Whitman alumni, 6 current team members and 2 PNW junior players. So really this is a Whitman tennis alumni showdown! (more…)

Calling all Whitman tennis alumni!

The first EVER Whitman tennis alumni reunion is now officially a go. Mark off Friday Nov 4 – Sunday Nov 6on your calendars for a fun filled weekend in Las Vegas! Doesn’t matter the year of graduation or which Whitman coach you played for (Coach Burgess, Coach Furman, Coach Thomas, Coach Snider or myself), all are invited!
If you are interested in participating in the reunion please send me an email. Special thanks to reunion chairs Justin Hayashi, Matt Solomon, and Etienne Moshevich.

An outdoor team adventure!

Over the weekend we had our annual team backpacking trip. For some on the team it was their first time camping and for many it was their first time backpacking. For me the backpacking trip is a combination of two things I love — coaching and exploring the outdoors. I find this trip to be a very powerful team experience. There is nothing like sitting around a campfire while being miles away from other people and at a place where there is no cell phone service, no electricity, no email, no twitter or facebook. Freshman Will Husky summed it well when in the middle of trip he made the observation “I never realized how noisy my life is.” (more…)

60 years of Whitman tennis

At our Pomona match yesterday we were treated to a visit from Adrian “Cib” Cibilich. Cib played tennis at Whitman in 1950 and was pleased to report that Whitman went 5-1 that year and won the singles and doubles conference titles.

Cib wasn’t the only Whittie in the crowd — Justin Hayashi ’09 and Mark Scoyners ’76 also helped cheer the team to victory.

10 Whitman Men’s Players Named to the ITA All-Academic Team!

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The Whitman College men’s and women’s tennis teams have earned academic honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the 2008-09 school year.Ten players on the Whitman men’s team, along with four members of the women’s squad, also received individual recognition.

The team award requires a cumulative team grade point average (gpa) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. For the NCAA Division III level, the ITA handed out team honors to 35 schools in the men’s division and 72 institutions in the women’s division.

To be named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, a player must be a varsity letter-winner and have a minimum gpa of 3.5 for the academic year.

Reid Bennett and Justin Hayashi, both of whom graduated in May, are among players on the Whitman men’s team who earned individual honors.

Other ITA Scholar-Athletes for the Whitman men are juniors Christoph Fuchs, Nadeem Kassam, Thomas Roston and Dan Wilson, sophomores Chris Bailey, Quin Miller and Etienne Moshevich, and freshman Conor Holton-Burke.

Fuchs, Hayashi and Wilson netted individual recognition for a third straight season. Bailey is now a two-time winner.

Both Fuchs and Hayashi earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors this past spring, and Fuchs was named to the Academic All-American Third Team.

On the women’s side, Katie Oost and Alex Robinson capped their Whitman careers by earning ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.

It was the second award in four seasons for Oost, who will stay with the tennis program as an assistant coach this academic year as she applies to graduate programs in the field of psychology.

Divneet Kaur, a Whitman junior this past season, and first-year player teammate Emily Rolston also earned ITA individual kudos.

Whitman’s tennis coaches are Jeff Northam (men) and John Hein (women).

By |August 14th, 2009|2009 season|0 Comments

Whitman Men’s Tennis Players Ace Academic All-District Honors

Congratulations to Justin and Christoph for receiving Academic All-District honors! Below is the official press release from Whitman’s SID Dave Holden

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Justin Hayashi and Christoph Fuchs, captains of the Whitman College men’s tennis team, have earned spots on ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District At-Large First Team.

Hayashi and Fuchs, who helped Whitman win its second straight Northwest Conference (NWC) title earlier this spring, are two of 11 athletes chosen for the men’s at-large team in the College Division of District VIII. The district includes all NCAA Div. II/Div. III and NAIA schools in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, as well as British Columbia.

The at-large teams represent student athletes in a variety of sports, including golf, skiing, gymnastics, ice hockey, swimming, lacrosse and tennis.

Players on all-district at-large teams from around the nation are now eligible for election to the Academic All-America team. The College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA) administers the nominating and voting process for the Academic All-America program, which is in its 58th year and has honored about 15,000 students at all levels for all recognized NCAA sports.

Hayashi and Fuchs were key contributors this spring as Whitman rolled through a third consecutive 16-0 NWC regular season. Whitman was 24-5 as part of a season that included a third straight appearance in the NCAA Division III national tournament.

Hayashi, an Asian Studies major from Kirkland, Wash., made his biggest contribution this past spring in doubles. He and doubles partner Dan Wilson swept through an undefeated regular season, winning their first 17 matches. After losing for the first time at the NWC championships, they stormed through the first three rounds of the prestigious Ojai Valley […]

Ojai Results

Sorry for the late post. Was a long couple days of matches and travel. Dan and Justin had an unbelievable run at the 109th Ojai tournament. In the quarters they faced off against the #1 team in the region (#1 from UC Santa Cruz). What a great test for the Dan and Justin — they would get the chance to play against the very best in the West. Well they certainly rose to the challenge! Match started off well for the Whitman duo as they went up a break 2-1. However the Slug team immediately broke back leveling the match at 2-2. I can’t exactly explain what happened next but Dan and Justin played great tennis winning the next 6 games! Great victory — beating the #1 team in the region 8-2 wow!

Unfortunately the semi’s were a complete role reversal. Tennis can be strange — one minute play great and the next not able to find the court. I think Dan and Justin had a bit of a let down and ran into a very tough Washington University team. We really struggled with 1st serve percentage and returns (to be fair the WA U team served incredibly well). In the end the Wash U ran away with an 8-1 victory. Dan and Justin were pretty disappointed, they were one match away from the finals (and the opportunity to play at the famous Libby Park) but what a great tournament! They advanced further at the Ojai than any other Whitman player ever has!

We are now in a holding pattern waiting next Monday’s announcement of the NCAA pairings.

At the Ojai!

Day one complete at The Ojai. Yesterday it felt more like Seattle than Southern California — cloudy, chance of rain and temperatures in the low 60’s. Unfortunately our Seattle boys (Dan and Justin) didn’t feel at home in singles and dropped their opening singles matches. Dan lost to a very tough #2 player from Chapman 6-3, 6-4. Dan struggled a bit and didn’t play his best tennis. In the first set he was broke early and could never get a look at breaking his opponent. In the second set Dan twice went up breaks but he struggled to hold serve. For the record the Chapman player is very good and went on to beat the #9 seed (#1 from Redlands) 7-6, 6-1. Justin played incredibly streaky in his opening match. He won the first set 6-0 and then lost 3-6, 7-5. Considering he hasn’t played a singles match in over a month he played some very good tennis..at times. However at times he would also drop three to four points in a row which eventually doomed his chances of winning the match.

In doubles the Seattle boys fared better. In their first match they were down a break against the #2 Pomona team before winning 8-5. In the second match against Cal Lu’s #3 team they played much better. Match started off pretty close with both teams holding serve. However at 4-4 Dan and Justin picked up their intensity and court movement (crossing more) and won the last 4 games. Very good effort for them to bounce back from disappointing singles losses and win two tough doubles matches.

At 3pm today they play the #1 team from UC Santa Cruz (and #1 seeds). As usual I […]

Ojai Tournament

Currently at the Ojai tournament in Southern California with Dan Wilson and Justin Hayashi. Both are playing singles and doubles in this incredible event. I will twitter match updates during the day. For those that received blog postings via email, the twitter updates can be found on the main blog page Whitman Tennis Blog.

By |April 24th, 2009|2009 season, ojai|0 Comments