Congratulations to Nasko for wearing the yellow jersey this week!
Congratulations to Nasko for wearing the yellow jersey this week!
News Release Date:
Monday, January 2, 2012
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The Whitman College men’s tennis team gets an early jump next week on pursuit of its fifth straight conference championship.
While the rest of the Northwest continues its shiver through the dead of winter, coach Jeff Northam and 11 of his players are ticketed for a week (Jan. 7-14) of training and matches in Hawaii.
“The NCAA exemption allows us to take a trip before the next semester starts, and we’re taking advantage of that,” Northam says.
“This will be the earliest we’ve started our spring season in my time at Whitman,” he adds. “It’s a great opportunity for a good week of training before classes get started again.”
Matches slated thus far pit Whitman against two NCAA Division II teams, Hawaii-Pacific and BYU-Hawaii. Northam also hopes to schedule at least one more match.
“This trip is a testament to the great alumni support our program receives,” Northam says. “That support makes a huge difference in keeping these trips affordable and providing a great experience for our student athletes.
“One of our freshmen (James Rivers) is from Hawaii, and his family is also giving us a place to stay for the week.”
Sam Sadeghi, a junior, is the only player unable to make the trip. He plans to spend the week studying for his Medical School Admission Test (MCAT). (more…)
Some video footage of Team Squirrel trying to make the Whitman tennis team.
Stay tuned for more adventurers of Team Squirrel!
Last week the team had the unique opportunity to try our version of man vs food. After the 2nd day of the USTA/ITA we headed out with several parents to the Oasis steakhouse for a late evening dinner. I must admit the staff at the Oasis treated us like kings — amazing food, service and atmosphere. (more…)
Man what a great first day of the USTA/ITA Regional Tournament. Unfortunately its getting late and I had a very early day setting up for the tournament. It is certainly a blast for the guys to be playing at home (especially on a day when the temp hit 90) but it makes for a long day for the tournament director!Let me say it today was a wonderful start to the season for the Whitties. We had 12 players in entered in the singles day and we managed to get 10 through to the round of 16. Nasko dropped a tough match to a seeded player in the first round but he had some moments of great tennis — in fact he had several opportunities to take a 3-0 lead in the second and couldn’t quite get it done. Transfer Dylan Bodet had a great day of tennis playing well and bombing some serves. He won his first match in straight sets before dropping a close three set match to a seeded player. Some highlights from the day.Sophomores Will Huskey and Steve Roston showed great character and intensity taking down seeded players. Will knocked off the #7 seed 6-1, 4-6 10-7 and Steven knocked off the #13 seed and #2 player from Pacific 7-5, 6-4. Andrew La Cava (#2 seed) rolled through his first two matches 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0The Freshman came up big today! James Rivers took down the #3 seed 6-1, 6-0 and Colton Malesovas defeated the #8 seed 6-3, 6-2Not to be outdone the Juniors also posted a strong day. Jeff Tolman #6 seed advanced with a pair of straight set wins (6-2, 7-6 and 6-0, 6-3). Sam Sadeghi (#13 seed) […]
Over the weekend we were able to win two matches in Tacoma (8-1 vs UPS and 7-2 vs PLU) but mother nature got the better of our Whitworth match forcing us to reschedule after spring break.
I must say logistically last weekend presented some challenges. All week I had been keeping an eye on the condition of Snoqualmie Pass (the I90 pass through the Cascade Mountain Range into Seattle). During the early part of the week the pass was closed but as the week progressed the road conditions improved. Additionally since Spring Break is around the corner (starts this Friday) some of the guys had a lot of academic pressures and couldn’t make the trip. Because of this we ended up taking nine players to the Tacoma matches and Coach Jake was going to bring the remaining three players to Whitworth for our Saturday match. Since we were playing three matches in 24 hours this would allow us to rotate players helping ensure everyone would remain fresh during the long weekend. (more…)
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…)
Halloween is the time of a great tradition on the Whitman campus — no not trick-or-treating downtown, not costume parties, but rather the men’s tennis team annual pumpkin carving! As is the annual tradition with this event my children pick their favorite pumpkins as winners. The team is full of bright young men who over the years have come to realize the way to pumpkin carving victory was to carve anything that resembled something to do with Pokeman. Anything Pokeman and my kids loved it. Either my kids have matured (they are 12 and 8) or Pokeman is starting to lose its popularity because this is the first year a Pokeman themed pumpkin didn’t win.
This year’s winners of the Annalise award for Outstanding Pumpkin Carving goes to — Jeff Tolman and Will Huskey for Lion howling in the moon! And the Benjamin award for Mastery of all things Pumpkin goes to Nasko (for his batman rendition). Note this was especially sweet award for the Bulgarian since he is new to art of pumpkin carving.
I also prepared a HUGE beef brisket in my smoker (15 pounds) for the team to enjoy after the
pumpkin carving. As you can see from the picture it was one massive piece of meat! Everyone raved about the dinner but I’m beginning to think if I BBQ any type of meat the guys on the team will devour it and claim it was amazing food. Something about college guys and food..they never seem to get enough!
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.