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Van Zee’s Vault: How to Build a Winning Program: IN MATCH COACHING

I would like to welcome you all back for the 5th installment of the How to Build a Winning Program series. The more and more that I write these, the more I realize I miss being a coach. But because I live by the 50 cent model of “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” I find…

2017 Season Preview: #17 UW-Whitewater Warhawks

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Coach: Frank Barnes, 15th Season Location: Whitewater, Wisconsin Preseason ITA Ranking: 17 Blog Power Ranking: 27 Twitter Handle: @UWWTennis Overview 2016 was quite the year for the Warhawks, to say the least. Under the tutelage of THE Frank Barnes, UW-Whitewater amassed a 23-7 overall record, a national ranking of 16, and an epic upset victory over Kenyon. Their season ended on…

2017 Season Preview: #34 DePauw Tigers

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Location: Greencastle, Indiana Coach: Scott Riggle, 9th season ITA National Ranking: 34 ITA Regional Ranking: 8 Blog Power Ranking: 30 Twitter Handle: @DePauwTennis, wasn’t good for in-match updates last season. Before we start, some good news: Everyone’s favorite non-anonymous D3 Tennis blogger D3Central has graciously offered his expertise to help with this preview. His thoughts…

2017 Season Preview: #20 Gustavus Adolphus Gusties

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Coach: Tommy Valentini, 8th Season Location: St. Peter, Minnesota Preseason ITA Ranking: 20 Blog Power Ranking: 20 Twitter Handle: @GACMensTennis Overview I’ve covered a lot of teams from the “central” side of the region, so I’m glad I get to break the monotony by previewing a team on the “midwest” side. First, a quick shout out to Gustavus…

2017 Season Preview: #11 Kenyon Lords

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Coach: Scott Thielke, 24th Season Location: Gambier, Ohio Preseason ITA Ranking: 11 Blog Power Ranking: 17 Twitter Handle: @CoachThielke, @Kenyon_Tennis Overview The Lords took the old saying, “It’s not how you start but how you finish” to heart last year. Up until the NCAA tournament, it looked like Kenyon was having its worst season in recent years, suffering losses to…

2017 Season Preview: #5 Chicago Maroons

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It’s time for another preview! Luckily for Chicago (and the other teams who I preview in the next couple weeks), I am on a two-week vacation, meaning my previews will be longer and better-researched (sorry Wash U and Case). Here we go… Coach: Jay Tee, 5th Season Location: Chicago, IL Preseason ITA Ranking: 5 Blog Power Ranking: 2 Twitter Handle: @UChicagoTennis…

2017 Season Preview: #29 Denison Big Red

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Location: Granville, Ohio Coach: Peter Burling, 27th season ITA National Ranking: 33 ITA Regional Ranking: 7 Blog Power Ranking: 29 Twitter Handle: @denisontennis. No tweets since September 2015. 🙁 Realistic Best Case Scenario: Denison steps up at the right time and rides strong doubles play to an unexpected NCAC title, earning an NCAA bid and…

2017 Season Preview: #8 Case Spartans

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    Coach: Todd Wojtkowski, 9th Season Location: Cleveland, Ohio Preseason ITA Ranking: 8 Blog Power Ranking: 14 Twitter Handle: @casetennis1   Overview It’s no secret that Case has one of, if not the, best coach in D3 tennis. Since his arrival to Cleveland in 2008, Coach Todd Wojtkowski has given his life to the Spartans program, and it has…

2017 Season Preview: #4 Wash U Bears

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Welcome to D3Midwest10s’ first season preview. Just as a reminder, you can find me on Twitter @d3midwest10s and feel free to e-mail me at d3midwest10s@gmail.com. Let’s get to it… Coach: Roger Follmer, 16th Season Location: St. Louis, Missouri Preseason ITA Ranking: 4 Blog Power Ranking: 7 Twitter Handle: @WashUmTennis (Finally) Overview: What better way to start off my season previews than…

2017 Season Preview: #35 Coe Kohawks

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa Coach: Eric Rodgers, 28th year ITA National Ranking: 35 ITA Regional Ranking: 9 Blog Power Ranking: 38 Twitter Handle: @KohawkTennis.  Between their massive schedule and the women’s team, expect to see plenty of tweets from this account in your timeline! Realistic Best Case Scenario: Coe cruises through most of their schedule,…