By Zack Shaw
Elm Staff Writer
The Novick family has taken over the Washington College men’s tennis team. The oldest, Joel Novick attended Washington College followed by his twin brothers, Zack and Jeremy Novick. The twins have had great tennis careers.
The two found the same love for WC when they were recruited back in high school.
“I chose WC because I was recruited to play tennis here. On my recruiting visit, I fit in extremely well with everyone on the team,” Jeremy said. “I appreciated the fact that professors took the time to individually meet with me. That showed me how committed WC’s staff is to helping me become successful.”
Zack shared the same opinion of WC when he visited as well.
“I decided to go to WC because I loved my recruiting visit,” Zack said. “All the guys on the team made me feel at home and I loved the atmosphere. I also had an older brother who went to WAC and he loved it, so I knew I would too.”
Although the two have had a handful of memories throughout their four years, they both narrowed it down to one.
“My biggest achievement has been our win against Ursinus this week to clinch a position in the playoffs this season. Although we were expected to win, it signifies how far the tennis team has come in the last few years,” Jeremy said. “The seniors on our team changed the culture of the program and it is paying off every day. I think this season has set the stage for a team that will eventually beat the top teams in our conference.”
Zack’s went back all the way to his first-year with the program.
“My greatest achievement at WC was beating Dickinson my freshman year,” he said. “We won 5-4 and clinched the playoffs with the win. It was amazing to beat our rivals to enter the playoffs.”
Both brothers are currently team captains and in 2015 Zack won Most Improved Player and has been a two-time Centennial Conference Player of the Week (3/24/14, 2/20/17). In addition, he has been a two-time Shoreman of the Week (3/25/14, 4/21/15).
Zack went 9-6 (6-2 at No. 6) in singles and 6-11 (6-9 at No. 3) in doubles in 2015-16, went 10-6 (9-5 at No. 5) in singles and 10-6 (9-6 at No. 3) in doubles in 2014-15. He went 8-6 (including 6-4 at No. 6) in singles and 8-10 (including 6-9 at No. 3) in doubles in 2013-14.
Jeremy also won Most Improved Player in 2014. He has won Shoreman of the Week (10/1/13, 3/3/15, 10/4/16) three times. He also went 4-13 (3-8 at No. 4) in singles and 4-12 (4-11 at No. 2) in doubles in 2015-16, went 8-8 (8-6 at No. 4) in singles and 12-6 (12-4 at No. 2) in doubles in 2014-15, went 11-6 in singles (including 7-5 at No. 5) and 9-6 at No. 2 doubles in 2013-14. During the 2013 ITA Southeast Regionals he won B5 draw of singles.
The Shoremen recently defeated Gettysburg College 8-1, which clinched them a birth to the Centennial Conference playoffs.