Men’s Tennis Looking Ahead

By The Elm - Feb 22,2014@1:33 pm

By Koppany Jordan
Staff Writer

The Washington College Shoremen are ready to launch their spring season on March 1 at home against Goucher College. The team has been practicing long hours all throughout the fall and winter months to improve their status in the conference for the spring.

Following many hits and swings, ups and downs, the Shoremen are prepared to enter the season better than in their September matches.

After a year of no growth to the size of the group, the men’s tennis team has picked up four new freshmen; Emanuel Keiler, Jeremy Novick, Zachary Novick, and Corey Pippin. Led by third-year head Coach David Donn, the season is hopeful.

Looking ahead at the lineup he said, “We’ve worked hard on changing the culture and making the team family come first. Our strength is our new depth, which we have not had recently. We need to improve on our doubles and find some new pairings however, with lots of new freshmen, I am confident. They are talented but will have to earn their spot since there are a lot of returning players. But this is a healthy [and] competitive environment that they can only grow from.”

Senior captain Marc Cywinski has learned the past three seasons is adjustment to situations.

On goals for the season he said, “Well we always want to win NCAA and would love to play better and improve. The best way to be a team is do what is best for the team.”

Coming off a 6-11 overall record and 3-6 conference record from last season, the Shoremen plan to use their greater depth to their advantage.

With new faces like Jeremy Novick and other freshmen, there is a great opportunity for the Shoremen to succeed. Having won the B5 singles draw at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southeast Regional Tournament in September, Novick is a rising star among the freshmen on the team.

When asked about what he wil seek to improve on, he said, “I would love to better my doubles play. I don’t have much experience with that but I would want to do what I can to help the team make it to playoffs. My biggest weakness is I easily get frustrated, but a quote I try to live by is, ‘It’s better to burn out than fade away.’”

Freshman Emanuel Keiler shares similar sentiment as well and strives to accomplish his goals. He said, “I bring a strong work ethic to the team and I push myself to do the best I can. I won’t compare myself to others, but I don’t want to fall behind. I enjoy challenges.”

For returning junior Vishnu Rajes, this season is about bringing it all together. The number one singles player for the team last year, Rajes is pushing himself to perform better than ever.

He said, “We learned we cannot walk into a match and get easy wins and we need to come together on more match play. We’re looking better than last year but freshmen will need to step up to make it a good season. We all have things to work on.

For me it is making my ground strokes stronger and attacking better.”

With time ticking away, the reality of graduation is beginning to set in for senior captain Joel Novick.

Taking charge in his fourth season, he hopes to lead through example and put action into reality.

When asked about his time at WC, he said “I have learned to steadily work at things. There needs to be a steady disposition to achieve success. A leader is defined as someone who is able to give and follow wise instruction. You still want to try your best and not give up on your team, even if you are down because you can always get better for your team.”

Looking ahead at the schedule, Johns Hopkins will pose a tough adversary, but this season, they will need to play harder against the Shoremen.

In tennis there are no givens and so with a clean slate and new start, the Shoremen will come out to compete fiercely in the Centennial Conference this season, seeking to conquer all they can.

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