Coach's Corner - A Note From the Desk of Coach Glassman
May 19, 2009
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Greetings from the Stony Brook Tennis office and welcome to the final installment of the 2009 spring Coach's Corner!
Our season came to an end at the America East conference tournament on April 25/26. The women advanced to the semifinals before falling to Binghamton 4-1. Gayatri Krishnan `11 led the way at #6 singles with a 6-3, 6-2 victory for the Seawolves. Katherine Hanson '12 and Prerana Appineni '12 also picked up a win in the doubles. Gayatri finished the year with a 14-3 record in singles and for her efforts she earned first team All-America East honors at #6 singles. Paola Rodolfi '10 and Salome Mkervalidze '12 earned second team All-America East honors at #2 doubles. This marked the third consecutive year that Paola has earned all conference honors. With a final dual match record of 13-3 - 2009 was easily the most successful season that the women have had in several years. The most exciting news is that all six starters will be returning for the 2009/2010 season!
On the men's side - the guys reached the finals of the America East conference tournament as they also fell 4-1 to Binghamton. The two remaining courts were in the third set as the match was clinched. Mitch Wong '12 pulled out a straight sets victory at #6 singles and earned first team All-Conference honors. Mitch also combined with Youssef Fassi-Fehri '09 at #3 doubles to earn first team All-Conference honors. It was a bountiful hall for the Seawolves as the following earned All-Conference recognition: Bertrand Marcos '12 - first team honors at #5 singles, Youssef Fassi-Fehri - second team honors at #4 singles. Youssef finished his career third on the all-time at Stony Brook with 62 singles win. Also earning second team All-Conference honors were Halvar Dil '11 at #1 singles and Jon Epstein '10 at #3 singles. In addition, Gareth Williams '03 and James Carpenter '05 were in attendance in New Haven, Connecticut to cheer for their alma mater. Hopefully, we will see more of you at our matches in the seasons to come. The guys finished the season with a 17-5 dual match record, cracked the national rankings for the first time in eight years, and we will have five starters back for the 2009/2010 season.
We are continually looking to upgrade our program (schedule, equipment, facilities, etc...) and we cannot do it without the support of our friends and alumni. If you would like to make a PAWS contribution to the Stony Brook Tennis program please click here.
This summer we will be holding two weeks of camp here on campus at the end of July, and I will also be out on the recruiting trail. If any of you need anything - please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Take care, have a great summer and I'll see you on the other side of the net,