Monthly Archives: January 2013

Team Preview: #17 Case Western

Coach: Todd Wojtkowski, 5th Season Location: Cleveland, OH 2009 Ranking: NR 2010 Ranking: NR 2011 Ranking: 19 2012 Ranking: 19 2013 Projected Ranking: 11, D3TG 13 Overview: Talk about a team that came out of nowhere… Case Western went from utter obscurity, to a major factor in the absolutely loaded UAA in a matter of a few years. To put it into…

Season Preview: #30 Kalamazoo

Coach: Mark Riley, 6th year Location: Kalamazoo, MI 2009 Ranking: 22 2010 Ranking: 17 2011 Ranking: NR 2012 Ranking: 30 (tied) 2013 Projected Ranking: NR D3Central, NR D3TG Overview: Kalamazoo is a historic program. It hosts the prestigious USTA junior tournament. If your good enough to qualify for this tournament, however, does not mean you will play college tennis there. That seems…

Season Preview: #27 Denison

Coach: Peter Burling, 23rd year Location: Granville, OH 2009 Ranking: 25 2010 Ranking: NR 2011 Ranking: 30 (Tied) 2012 Ranking: 27 2013 Projected Ranking: NR D3Central, NR D3TG Overview: Denison’s program seems to be stuck between a rock and a hard place, especially the past few years. As you can tell from their rankings they…

Season Preview: #25 Gustavus Adolphus

Coach: Tommy Valentini, 4th Season Location: Saint Peter, MN 2009 Ranking: 9 2010 Ranking: NR 2011 Ranking: NR 2012 Ranking: 26 2013 Projected Ranking: 21 Overview: Gustavus Adolphus College is home to one of the richest tennis histories among DIII programs. As you can see from the recent rankings, they’ve dropped off a bit in recent years, but for you young pups,…

Season Preview: #16 Redlands

Coach: Geoff Roche, 14th year Location: Redlands, CA 2009 Ranking: 10 2010 Ranking: 16 2011 Ranking: 15 2012 Ranking: 17 2013 Projected Ranking: D3West , D3TG 15 Overview: Before hitting their recent funk, Redlands placed in the top ten for every year from 1992 to 2006. For the past couple years, they’ve floundered around in the mid-teens, even missing the NCAA…

Season Preview: #19 Amherst

Coach: Chris Garner, 6th season Location: Amherst, MA 2009 Ranking: 2 2010 Ranking: 2 2011 Ranking: 1 2012 Ranking: 5 2013 Projected Ranking: 3 Overview: Until last year’s shocking quarterfinal loss to Wash U, the Amherst men’s tennis program had enjoyed a five-year steady rise through prominence and into dominance. Coach Garner had earned himself a reputation as a Yoda of…

Season Preview: #13 Whitman

Coach: Jeff Northam, 20th Season Location: Walla Walla, WA 2009 Ranking: 24 2010 Ranking: 19 2011 Ranking: 29 2012 Ranking: 14 2013 Projected Ranking: D3West 26, D3TG 17 Overview: As you can see from the national rankings, Whitman has been all over the map for the past couple years. The reason for this, I think, is because their sample size against ranked…

New Season, New Years’ Wishes

Well, tennis fans. It’s a brand new season. Everyone has a fresh start. Some teams are burdened by expectation, while others are optimistically lurking in the shadows, eagerly awaiting the opportunity to prove their worth. As much fun as it is to analyze every match, dissect every lineup decision, speculate over the cause of a letdown,…