Time for some tennis!

This weekend is one of my favorite times of the year — the ITA Fall Regionals! This is my favorite college tennis event of the year. It is the only time all the singles players and doubles teams in the conference are put into one large draw. Doesn’t matter if a player is #1 or #10 on a team — everyone has a shot to win the event. I know the Whitman players really look forward to this opportunity. This is the only time that many of them get a shot at the top players from the other teams in the conference.
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Start of spring break!

The start of the Whitman spring break is upon us! Today is the last day of class before Whitman goes on its annual two-week spring break. While all the students look forward to break, the week prior to spring break is a tough week: lots of papers, presentations and tests. I know many on our team have had some late nights trying to keep up with the increased academic load.
Today is the start of our tennis team iron week. We play seven conferences in just five days. Needless to say this is a very critical week in our quest for a third straight conference title. This afternoon at 3pm we face a very experienced and talented PLU team. We narrowly defeated PLU (5-4) in February and expect another battle today. Since our come-from-behind victory over the Lutes we have shuffled the singles and doubles line-up a bit and I feel are playing a bit more intense tennis. PLU comes into today’s match losing to Linfield 7-2 and Willamette 6-3 so I’m sure they will be fired up and looking to redeem their season.
Tomorrow at noon we host UPS. Earlier in the year we defeated UPS 9-0 without dropping a set.
Here is the official write-up for the weekend from Whitman’s hard working, talented, and all-around great guy Dave Holden (Sports Information Director)…. Men’s Tennis Hosting NWC Tacoma Teams.
Hope to see you at the courts. For the fans not in Walla Walla I’ll twitter updates for both of the matches.

By |March 12th, 2010|2009 season|0 Comments

Team Preview

Dave Holden, Whitman’s incredible SID, posted this preview of our season.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The men’s tennis program, the flagship for athletic success at Whitman College for the past decade, has plenty of wind at its sails as it embarks on its latest spring voyage.
If anything, Whitman is riding the waves at a speed a few knots faster than a year ago, when it surfed merrily through a 24-5 season that included a third consecutive undefeated Northwest Conference regular season, a second straight conference tournament title (fourth in 10 years) and a berth in the NCAA Div. III national tournament for the third time in as many years. (more…)

By |February 10th, 2010|2010-2011 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 […]