Portland part 2

On President’s day we wrapped up our swing through the Portland area with a 1pm match against Willamette (indoors). After playing a double header on Sunday in extremely cold weather and spending many hours in a bus the team was a bit stiff. However after a good warm-up the Whitties were ready for battle.

In an earlier post I mentioned the effects of graduating 7 seniors. Graduating that many good players could decimate at team. We were lucky to mitigate that effect by having strong player development and a talented freshman class (Andrew La Cava, Steven Roston, Will Husky and Atanas Atanasov). Something positive, however, has happened with the player graduation — the current team has found its own voice. It appears that this year’s team is about energy and passion. Honestly this might be the most vocal and energetic team I have coached. From top to bottom, from those playing to those watching, this team is absolutely committed to each other. I think playing the energized and vocal George Fox team Sunday awoke that voice. (more…)

Day one of ITA Regionals

Just wrapped up day one of the ITA regional tournament. Those that follow college tennis know this is a special event. It is the only time all year that players are put into one singles and one doubles draw. Makes for a very fun event. Our players have been looking forward to this event since the start of the school year.
We brought 11 players and have 8 into the round of 16. Even more impressive is that all 5 of our doubles teams are into the quarter finals! Its too late for a full write up but here are the results.
Matt Tesmond
1st round defeat Justin McClain (George Fox) 6-4, 7-5
2nd round lost #1 seed Mark Magdaong (Linfield) 6-3, 6-4
Conor Holton Burke (#6 seed)
1st round defeated Micah Spaun (Whitworth)
2nd round defeated Troy Zuroske (Pacific) 6-1, 6-4
Quin Miller
1st round defeated Michael Tieu (UPS)
2nd round defeated #4 seed Michael Baumgartner (Willamette) 7-6, 7-5
Anatas Anatasov
1st Round defeated Tim Wagar (Linfield)
2nd round lost #13 Seed Daniel Redfern (Whitworth)
Etienne Moshevich #7 seed
1st round defeated Will Cooper (Willamette)
2nd round defeated Josiah Jackson (George Fox)
Andrew La Cava #16 Seed
1st round def Michell Davidson (Linfield)
2nd round def Neal Berg (PLU)
Sam Sadeghi
1st round def #12 seed Tal Dewitt (Linfield) 6-0, 6-1
2nd round def Eric Furuya (Pacific) 6-1, 6-2
Jeff Tolman #3 seed
1st round def Colin Barett (Whitworth) 6-3, 6-4
2nd round def Taylor Dickey (PLU) 6-3, 6-0
Steve Roston
1st Round def Brian Burger UPS
2nd Round def #15 seed Brent Kingzett (Linfield) 6-2, 7-6
Chris Bailey #9 seed
1st round def Hector Alcayde (Pacific)
2nd Henry Williams (Whitworth) 6-2, 6-0
Will Huskey
1st round def Jose Reque-Martinez (Pacific)
2nd round lost #2 seed Josh Wong (willamette) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles
Huskey/Roston
1st round def Wager/Dewitt (Linfield) 8-6
2nd round def Massey/Wales (Whitworth) 8-6
Holton-Burker/La Cava #5 seed
1st round def Burger/Murphy […]

Split squad yields two victories

One of the benefits of a deep roster is the ability to split the squad into two parts. Yesterday half of the guys traveled with me to take on Willamette while the other half went with Coach Ann to play Lewis and Clark College.
Fortunately for my group the weather was great and we were able to play Willamette on their outdoor courts (often we run into rain and have to travel to indoor courts). Against Willamette we knew we were in for a good match — we defeated them 7-2 on our home courts just seven days ago. In that match the top three singles all went three sets.
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Beautiful Weather and a nice win

Just wrapped up a 7-2 victory over Willamette on our home courts. Had another great crowd and glorious weather as we took on undefeated Willamette. Coming into today both teams were undefeated in NWC play with Willamette at 6-0 and Whitman 3-0. Willamette was also on a bit of a hot streak coming into today’s match having just defeated PLU 6-3, whereas three weeks ago we squeaked by PLU 5-4.
In todays match we started off very strong in doubles. Great energy, high level of play and took command of all three matches right off the bat. Had to make an adjustment at #3 doubles because of an illness so Jeffrey Tolman and Jake Cappel got the call. They played great together cruising to an 8-0 victory. Number two doubles wasn’t very behind as Quin and Christoph won 8-2. Matt and ET continued to play well together winning 8-3 at #1 doubles.
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Getting ready for the weekend

Busy weekend of action for the Fighting Squirrels as we take on Willamette Saturday 2pm and Lewis Clark Sunday 2pm. Looks like great weather for the weekend (highs in the 60’s) so we are planning on playing outside.
Saturday we get to see Willamette for the first time this year. They are currently riding a nice NWC streak (5-0) and last weekend defeated PLU (6-3). The PLU victory was a real high spot for Willamette since it was the first time in over 20 years they had defeated PLU in tennis. Tomorrow’s match will be a good test to see where we are in the conference. In our conference opener three weeks ago we narrowly defeated PLU 5-4. Since then we have had the opportunity to move around some doubles combinations and play a lot of inter-team matches. I know the guys are excited to be playing a good opponent at home.
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