Update Career Stats

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).

By |August 21st, 2012|Alumni|3 Comments

Huge Congratulations to Matt Solomon (and Mom)!

This is taken from the Nor Cal USTA Web Page.

NorCal’s Matt Solomon and his mother, Joan Oloff won the USTA National Mother Son Indoor Championships held March 16-18, 2012. They did not drop a set until the finals where they beat the #1 seeds from San Diego, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The win earned them both their first Gold Ball.

The USTA National Mother-Son Indoor Championships have been played at the South Barrington Club located in a Northwestern Chicago suburb for the past nine years. The club is one of the first indoor tennis facilities in the Chicago area.

Joan raised three kids in Los Gatos where she still lives. Together, they spent many years on the junior tennis tournament circuit. All three kids went on to play college tennis and each has been the number one player on their college team.

Most of Matt’s college tennis was played at Whitman College, a small liberal arts school in Washington State. He also played one season (my junior year) at Boise State during the team’s run to the NCAA Sweet 16; the team ended the year ranked in the national top 20. Matt’s older brother, Daniel played for Colorado College and younger sister, Jamie, is currently a junior and playing at Pomona Pitzer College in Southern California.

The last time Matt and Joan competed together was in 2007. They took a hiatus due to schedule conflicts while Matt was playing in college.

“I hadn’t thought of playing mother-son tournaments the past few years, but I have been playing a fair amount recently” Matt said. He recently competed at the NorCal Combo Doubles League Section Championships as a member of the Olympic Club 9.5 team. “My mom brought up the idea and […]

By |March 28th, 2012|Alumni|0 Comments

Colton’s Thanksgiving Break

Some people are thankful for friends and family. Others are thankful for good practice partners!

This reminds me of a video of Matt Solomon playing (and defeating) Maria Sharapova. Well he was dressed as a bear and it was an event for the Bank of the West tournament. Still a win is a win, right…?

By |November 27th, 2011|Pictures|0 Comments

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…)

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.

Wrapping up ITA’s

After rain moved the tournament indoors on Saturday it was a treat to be able to play the semi-finals outdoors. The only bad thing about having the last day of the tournament on Monday is there weren’t many tennis spectators around to watch! Since I had sent several players home Sunday with Coach Matt Solomon there were only a handful of Willamette and Whitman players around to watch the matches.
We were fortunate to have three of the four semi-finalist in the singles. Teammates, and doubles partners, Andrew La Cava (#16 seed) and Conor Holton-Burke (#6 seed) duked it while Chris Bailey (#9 seed) faced off against Willamette’s Cody Ferguson (#8 seed).
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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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Matt Solomon beats Maria Sharapova!!

Pretty funny story/video. Upon graduation Matt landed a job with IMG and has been working on the WTA Bank of the West tournament all summer. Besides his normal duties, Matt had the opportunity to play Sharapova in a point while dressed up has Bank of the West “Bear”. Matt used the opportunity to ham it up a bit. Fortunately his sister took video of the event and put it on youtube.
Check out the video here

By |August 5th, 2010|Alumni|0 Comments

Solomon falls in National Tournament

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — A lost service game early in the first set proved costly as Whitman College senior Matt Solomon dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision to Williams College senior Nick Lebedoff in this morning’s opening round of the NCAA Division III National Tennis Singles Championship Tournament.

The 32-player singles tournament, taking place at Ohio’s Oberlin College, continues through Sunday. (more…)

Matt Solomon — R.V. Borleske award!

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Matt Solomon, a two-time Northwest Conference Player of the Year in men’s tennis, is the 2010 winner of the R.V. Borleske Trophy, which is presented annually to the top male athlete at Whitman College.
The trophy, which is awarded by a vote of the Whitman coaching staff, recognizes athletic ability and accomplishments, leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and contributions to the campus as a whole.

Matt Solomon

Solomon, playing No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, led Whitman to its third straight Northwest Conference title this spring, and to its fourth consecutive 16-0 NWC regular season.
Ranked No. 22 nationally in NCAA Division III, Whitman advanced to the national championship tournament for the fourth time in as many years. A loss in the regional semifinals to No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps ended Whitman’s season with a 20-5 record. (more…)

By |May 18th, 2010|Alumni|0 Comments