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).

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NWC Tournament Champions!

Over the weekend we capped off a perfect NWC season by sweeping the NWC Mens Tennis Tournament without a dropping a set. On Saturday we defeated Whitworth 5-0 and on Sunday in front of a large boisterous crowd we defeated George Fox 5-0. The victory over Fox was especially sweet for the team as earlier in the year we defeated Fox 6-3 and were down 1-2 after the doubles. Yesterday we knew it would be key to get off to a fast start and enter the singles with a lead. At #3 doubles James Rivers and Sam Sadeghi came out on fire and put us on the board first with a quick 8-1 victory. This was especially gratifying for Sam and James as earlier in the year they lost to the same doubles team 8-1. At #2 doubles Jeff Tolman and Andrew La Cava started slow and were down a break at 3-4 before winning the next 5 games. And at #1 Conor Holton-Burke and Matt Tesmond gave us a sweep of the doubles with a solid 8-5 victory. This was the same team that beat them 8-5 earlier in the year.

In singles Jeff got off to a slow start going down 0-2 (and down break points) before finding his rhythm and winning 11 straight games! His 6-2, 6-1 victory not only put us up 4-0 but was his 100 career victory — welcome to the Century Club! Senior Conor Holton-Burke sealed the match for us with a wonderful 6-2, 6-0 match. Earlier in the year Conor lost to the same opponent in three sets. What a sweet day for the senior– his match seals the the NWC tournament and he defeats they only NWC […]

Congratulations Andrew — NWC Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week!

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Whitman College sophomore Andrew La Cava is this spring’s first Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for men’s tennis.

La Cava, who holds a No. 7 singles ranking at the national level (NCAA DIII), helped the Whitman men give new meaning to the term “road warriors” last weekend as they traveled to Fredericksburg, Va., and swept three decisions in two days from nationally prominent tennis programs.

Whitman, ranked No. 29 nationally in the preseason, capped its big weekend with a 6-3 Sunday triumph over No. 22 University of Mary Washington.

La Cava helped Whitman grab the early lead in that match by teaming with junior Jeff Tolman for an 8-5 victory in No. 2 doubles.

As matches in singles started to finish, Whitman was in front 4-3 when La Cava, playing scored the clinching fifth team point with a 6-4, 7-5 victory in the No. 1 slot. His opponent, Sam Wichlin, held a 5-4 lead in the second set and had a set point, but La Cava bounced back to win three games and polish off his victory.

“Andrew and his opponent had a fantastic match,” Whitman coach Jeff Northam said. “Both played amazing tennis.”

Wichlin, a junior at Mary Washington, was “absolutely pounding the ball, especially his forehand, forcing Andrew to scramble all over the court and wait for his opportunity to go on the offensive,” Northam said.

“Andrew is an amazing athlete and incredibly quick around the court, but I think he surprised even himself in this match with his movement and anticipation.”

Whitman played twice on Saturday, edging Kalamazoo 5-4 after beating No. 23 Rhodes by a 6-3 coun6t.

La Cava also had two wins against Kalamazoo, which isn’t ranked at the moment but recently lost a 5-4 decision to No. […]

Wow what a match — Whitties Defeat #22 Mary Washington

Sorry for the delay in getting to this post but the past couple days have been a whirlwind. After a long day of travel we are safely back on campus and ready for classes. All the guys on the team should be ready for early classes this week — after a week of trying to set our biologic clocks to east coast time and spending a few days on the east coast everyone should be wide awake early this morning! This past week has given me an appreciation for athletes that constantly travel across time zones and are able to maintain a peak level of performance.

On Sunday we started our match against Mary Washington at 11:30am. I’m sure the extra couple hours of sleep and playing at more “normal” time had something to do with our high level of  play. Even though we spent the previous week practicing at 6:30am in hopes of getting a head start on the time change it wasn’t quite the same as being up early to eat breakfast, warm-up and starting matches at 6am (pacific time).  On Saturday we started our day at 3:45am pacific time!

I believe during the Mary Washington match I tweeted “the match was awesome” and it was an awesome match. In fact several times Coach Todd Hebling and I would meet between courts and chat about the high level and intensity of the play. This is the type of match I would love to play every week– great play, physical points, outcome in doubt and each player/team making each other better.

Doubles was a close affair up and down the line-up. Fortunately for us at #1 Conor and Matt finally found their groove midway through the pro-set […]

Whitties defeat #6 Santa Cruz 6-3

Apologies for typos and grammatically errors with this post. As I write this post its almost 1am and its been a long day. First off big thanks to the 100’s of students who came out to watch the match. Playing in front of such a large crowd doesn’t happen often in tennis and it is experience that we will all savor for years to come.

In doubles we came out strong in all three doubles, but the play of Conor/Matt at #1 was special. How special..they defeated a very good #1 team from Santa Cruz 8-1! Number 2 and 3 were both close with Whitties taking early breaks in both matches only to have Santa Cruz break back. At #2 Jeff and Andrew came back from a late break to reel off 3 straight game to take the match 8-6. At #3 freshman James Rivers and junior Sam Sadeghi traded breaks back and forth with the Cruz team — James and Sam both returned great and I think they have break points in every game but one. In the end they broke to clinch the doubles sweep 9-7.

Before the singles we had a team meeting discussing how important it was to play with confidence and to expect a major battle. UC Santa Cruz has one of the finest traditions in DIII and we all knew they were going to compete hard. One thing I must add that we have had some terrific playing opportunities the past 5-6 years (for example the NCAA’s, Stag-Hen and great spring breaks) and those opportunities have let us gain valuable experience as a program. These lessons are passed down from player to player and indeed year to year. Its really […]

Great match against DI Gonzaga

Today we had a heck of a battle against DI Gonzaga. Even though GU won 6-1 (we used DI scoring) the match was very competitive. Doubles match of the day goes to Conor/Matt at #1 — they saved 3 match points to post a 9-8 (7-0) victory. At #2 Jeff/Andrew got down an early break and never recovered losing 6-8. And at #3 the freshman duo of Colton/James were up a break at 4-1 before losing a heartbreaker 9-7.

In singles our only victory was #3 where Jeff played very solid tennis winning 7-6, 6-4. Will (#4) continued his strong play dropping a hard fought match 6-2, 5-7, 11-9. James (#5) also dropped a close three set match 2-6, 6-4, 10-7. Interesting that yesterday we won two third set matches and today we dropped both of the 3rd set matches.

Tomorrow we wrap up our Hawaii swing with a free day. Lots of sunshine, beach time, and exploring before we head back for the start of a new semester.

Whitman 1 Gonzaga 6

1 Matt/Conor def Oliver Jamin/Alvaro Nazel 9-8

2. Jeff/Andrew lost Scott Sullivan/Zhia Hwa Chong 8-6

3. James/Colton lost Levin Guillermo/Muzeen Ismath

1. Andrew lost Nazal 6-4, 6-0

2. Conor lost Guillermo 6-0, 6-2

3. Jeff def Jamin 7-6, 6-4

4. Will lost Mijatovic 6-2, 5-7, 11-9

5. James lost Sullivan 2-6, 6-4, 10-7

6. Colton lost Chong 6-1, 7-5


Whitties defeat nationally ranked Hawaii Pacific

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…)

Season Preview

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…)

USTA/ITA Wrap up

Amazing final day of the USTA/ITA tournament at Whitman. I hosted regional tournament as a Sat-Mon event so no players miss Friday classes and only a few miss class on Monday. It was pretty cool playing matches on Monday — even though the tournament was all Whitman people would stop and watch between classes and as they walked to and from the library. It really is one of the special parts about Whitman tennis — our courts are situated smack dab in the middle of campus. (more…)