By vote of his teammates, Steven was awarded the Yellow Jersey for the week. Congratulations to Steven!
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — After a weekend in which the Whitman Men’s tennis team played three road matches in 24 hours, gaining an impressive sweep, versatile netter Steven Roston (Jr., San Carlos, CA) was named the Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week.
The 5 – 8 lefty won all three of his singles matches as he played up and down the line-up, taking the court at No. 1, 3 and 4. Roston was also victorious in the two doubles matches he played, teaming with Alex Noyes (Fr., Covington, WA) at No. 2 against Linfield (8-2) and Colton Malesovas (So., Austin, TX) at No. 3 versus George Fox (8-1).
Roston’s biggest contribution to the Whits successful road sweep came in Friday’s first match against the Wildcats where he was pressed into duty at the top of the singles line-up. After coming out of the blocks slowly against Zach Lyons, down 0-3 in the first set, Roston fought back to take the first set 7-5. After coming out on the short end of a hard-fought second set 5 – 7, the junior cruised in the tie breaker 10-4.
On Saturday Roston prevailed in straight sets in both of his matches, surrendering a total of only 7 games.
The three victories at Linfield, Lewis & Clark and George Fox boosted the No. 13 ranked Missionaries to 4 – 1 on the season and 4 – 0 in conference, good for sole possession of first place.
Saturday was a long, and bit different of a day. We started off with a morning match against Lewis & Clark College. Since it was our last regular season home match of the year we got almost everyone into the match (unfortunately Will Huskey is injured and couldn’t play). LC is a MUCH improved team and they have one of the top players in the conference (Olivier Groot). Big props to new coach Pat Dreves who took over a team that hadn’t won a match in three years and molded them into a much better team. The only match we dropped was #1 were Steven Roston lost to Groot 6-4, 6-2. This was our 19 straight match win of the year (crazy) and our 90th straight regular season NWC win.
Immediately following the match .. actually there was still one match being played..we jumped into the van and drove to Lewiston to take on NAIA power LCSC. Even though we have limited match dates I’m not sure that in the future we will play a match at home and them drive 2 hours to play another. Certainly doesn’t provide the best playing experience but nonetheless the guys competed hard. The match was 7-2 but featured 4 three-set matches. And so ends our amazing 19 match winning streak.
Whitman 8 LC 1
Conor Holton-Burke/Matt Tesmond def Groot/Roth-Carter 8-2
Jeff Tolman/Andrew La Cava def Gee-Tayler/Pfeifer 8-1
Sam Sadeghi/James Rivers def Monismith/Stanbrook 8-6
Steven Roston lost Groot 6-4, 6-2
Adriel Borshansky def Gee-Taylor 6-0, 7-5
Matt Tesmond def Roth-Carter 6-3, 6-1
Colton Malesovas def Monismith 6-0, 6-1
Dylan Bodet def Pfeifer 6-1, 1-6, 10-3
Atanas Atanasov def Fodor 6-1, 6-0
Whitman 2 LCSC 7
Holton-Burke/Tesmond lost Robert/Tischer 8-6
La Cava/Rivers lost Uauy/Krijanto 8-4
Borshansky/Sadeghi lost Tozer/Oram 8-5
La Cava def Tischer 2-6, 6-0, […]
What a wonderful (and long) weekend. Tonight we got the opportunity to follow-up our victory over UC Santa Cruz with a match against conference opponent George Fox. In the NWC conference Fox is a program that is on the rise — in fact earlier in the day they won 2 matches against UC Santa Cruz. Before the match we had a team meeting to talk about the importance of this match how it can be a defining moment for our program. In past years we have had good (even great) wins but followed them up with less than stellar performances. In our defense we are almost always play those “big” matches on the road and often in the middle of a long spring break trip. This was a great opportunity for the team to learn how to respond to a “big” win in the comfort of playing at home. Another thing about this year is we have several weekends of great opportunities. In addition to this weekend, we are traveling to Mary Washington to play three very good DIII teams (Mary Washington, Kalamazoo, and Rhodes). We also travel to Los Angeles for matches against Trinity, CT and a very good Whittier team. Having all these great weekends really takes the pressure off the team. Unlike past years we have multiple shots at nationally ranked programs.
One aspect of this weekend that could be overlooked is the play of Steven Roston, Will Huskey, and Colton Malasovas. Interestingly enough these three played more matches than our normally starting line-up. One of the reasons we had a good win against Santa Cruz is because of their unselfish efforts and great play. All three of them gained valuable experience […]
Yesterday we played DI Eastern Washington University on their home courts. For the record let me say that this is not an easy place to play. Its a big multi-purpose, box like facility, with very quick courts. Interestingly the Seattle U women were scheduled to play EWU Saturday night in Cheney but refused to play in the fieldhouse so that match was moved to a club in nearby Spokane!
The final score shows EWU getting the better of us 5-2. However this was one close match! It was nip and tuck the whole match. At one point in the doubles, I was thinking we might sweep all three of the doubles. However the sweep was not to be as Conor/Matt got broke the last game to drop their match 8-6 (#1 doubles). At #2 doubles Andrew/James went up breaks two different times and ended up closing out their match 8-6. Since we played DI rules (1 point for the majority of the doubles) the doubles point came down to #3. At #3 Steven and Colton played wonderful tennis. In fact at different spots in the match they both ended up serving for win. They also had a match point while returning. Kudos to the EWU team — when they were down (and what looked like out) they played their best tennis and earned a tough 9-8 victory.
I’m incredibly proud of the effort and intensity the team showed the entire match. Great support up and down the line-up and all the guys hustled and competed the entire match. You know it’s a special effort when the opposing coach comes into our team post-match conversation to compliment our effort!
In singles Andrew had a great win at #1 defeating […]
First off what an amazing week. We are so fortunate to be able to make this Hawaiian trip prior to the start of the school year. We have had some great practices and bonding time that will make us stronger and create tighter team bonds. Major thanks to the Rivers family. They have gone above and beyond in hosting us this week — amazing accommodations, support, and unbelievable food — from breakfast, lunch to dinner. Simply amazing!
Today we started off our season against Hawaii Pacific University (ranked #22 in DII). I was incredibly happy with the maturity and competitive spirit of the team. Honestly this might be one of the most mature wins I have seen out of a Whitman team. The guys battled from start to finish and never panicked (even when down 3-4). (more…)
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…)
Disclaimer: Coach has decided to switch his blog to an independent host, and allow players to post from time to time, so this is Conor writing (with Andrew and Steven co-piloting).
Hello Whitman tennis fans, and greetings from the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle, Washington. This facility is absolutely gorgeous. There are six, purple, indoor courts with scoreboards, umpire chairs, and three rows of stadium seating each. The surfaces are beautiful. The seating is beautiful. The electric heaters in the viewing area are really, really beautiful. But enough gushing; let’s get to the tennis.
Friday was a hectic day, as Steven and I scrambled to get from Walla Walla to Seattle in time for our first round matches. We both had matches scheduled for 2:50, but I couldn’t leave until 10 because of a meeting with a professor, and Stevie couldn’t leave until 11 because of class. I was worried about making it in time, and, frankly, I didn’t think Stevie had any chance. Thanks to some creative interpretations of the speed limit, a clear pass, and a lenient tournament desk, however, Steven made it. Unfortunately, I drew a tough first round match in a player from Seattle University. I had a tough time shaking the rust off from the 4 1/2 hour drive in my first set, and then an even tougher time shaking the rust off from a month and a half without competitive tennis, and lost 6-2, 7-5. I didn’t get to see Steven’s match, but he must’ve played well because he won 6-1, 6-4. (more…)