Are we tough, or are we soft? This has been the question the coach has been drilling into our heads during the matches. We need to be tough and always fight for every point, game, set, and match. We are currently at 5-2 and have been fighting hard for every point. We have had hard fought battles against Elmhurst College, Augustana College, and Oberlin College. We only came out on top against Oberlin and we are learning from our losses so that it doesn’t happen again in our close matches. We are expecting another battle tonight as we square off against Illinois Wesleyan who beat us 6-3 a year ago. We hope to battle hard, be tough, and earn a victory.
Our team is a very close knit group and our chemistry is at an all time high. We have had much success on the court and off the court. On the court Ian Leonard has yet to lose in the spring season at #4 singles going a perfect 7-0. Daniel Delgado has also been impressive out of the gate only dropping a match at #2 singles going 6-1. The #3 doubles team, Ian Leonard and Evan Bayless, have only dropped 1 match while the #2 doubles team, Nate Koelper and Daniel Delgado, have only dropped 2 matches.
Off the court seniors Evan Bayless and Peter Gunderman found out that they had passed the comprehensive exams with Pete earning distinction in chemistry. In other news off the court the tennis team has been hosting the fall clinic every Sunday of February to earn money for the trip to California in under 2 weeks, and also Evan, Daniel, and myself helped with the Special Olympics basketball practice this past Sunday. It was enjoyable helping them during practice and play basketball with them. Also, coach has sent in requests for Conan O’Brien tickets while we are in L.A. We could use all the help we can to get his attention, so if you have a twitter account you should tweet @ConanOBrien about the Wabash College tennis team.
I asked Wade Miller, my normal blogger to write something up for me for this week, but he was slammed with homework, so you guys get me this time.
We started our spring season just over 2 weeks ago and tomorrow we have our first match against Franklin College at 5pm at the Collett Tennis Center…hint, hint fans. For many of the previous seasons we have had an extra week and I always felt like we were prepared to start competing. The start of this season was different, I knew the guys would work hard, but we had so much to get accomplished in a short amount of time, that I was unsure if we would be ready. To my surprise, the guys stepped up and did the work and there is no doubt in my mind that we are ready to go tomorrow and the rest of the season. If you are able, please come by the courts and support your Wabash College Little Giant Tennis Team.
This past weekend we hosted our annual Alumni/Varsity Tennis Event. We call it an event rather than a match because we played a shortened scoring system so everyone gets a chance to play against different people. This, by far, was the best event yet. We had 12 alums return to compete and they came ready to play. I told the guys not to take it easy on them, because if the do, they will get beat. These guys can still play. As usual, my guys rose to the occasion and played really well. Besides the competition there was also plenty of good conversation around the food table. I believe all involved had a great time.
Finally I want to fill everyone in on what we are focusing on today at practice as we prepare for Franklin and our 2 matches this weekend. It has to do with being soft or being tough. Wabash is a tough place, it makes you think, it makes work, it makes you stress, but it is a place that makes you a man that will be prepared for life. It seems as though this week at practice our team has lost site of that. So today we are going to talk about being tough, playing hard every point, and having strong mental toughness when competing. They’ll get it, I trust my guys. And tomorrow night when Franklin arrives, we will be ready.
Wabash Always Fights,
The Little Giants tennis team is back to Crawfordsville and working harder than ever. There have been two practices thus far and our bodies can tell. It has been difficult to walk upstairs, sit down, and do basic everyday things. As you can tell practices have been tough, but we continue to push ourselves as hard as we can so we can improve our game and reach team goals like beating a nationally ranked opponent and placing better than 3rd in conference when another tough opponent in Depauw has joined.
Coach has adjusted his philosophy. In years past we have played very well and he has been satisfied to compete against those ranked teams, but there truly is no reason why we can’t beat them. This year we aren’t going to take those losses lightly, we fully expect to win those matches. The motto for the season is MORE. This motto comes from the song More by Usher. “I can feel it, I’m a beast, I’m an animal, I’m that monster in the mirror, The headliner, finisher, I’m the closer, winner. Best when under pressure with second’s left I show up.” This lyric is just one in the song in which shows us we need to be tenacious and play big. It gets us pumped up and ready for action to take down the so called power teams in Kenyon, Denison, and Depauw.
With wanting to do MORE and push ourselves we have Wednesdays off from practice so we can practice hard on Saturdays and Sundays twice a day and for longer periods until matches begin. The enthusiasm and effort so far in practice has had some consequences on our bodies and in the long run will pay off greatly for us. As the season goes on we will continue to push hard and improve and we plan to make things happen not only in our conference or region, but nationally.
Sitting in the office of Coach Hutchison with my two tennis teammates that I love. Wade Miller and Daniel Delgado! Anyways, it just snowed a buttload last night and it is very apparent that the wintertime is here! As far as tennis is going, I have not been playing because the stresses of pledgeship and other things have brought me down a little. But no worries, there are brighter days in the future! This semester is nearing the end of its journey. At first college life came as a huge shock to me and as a matter of fact I am still getting new stuff thrown at me that I did not know I would experience. Lately, I have been just planning on making it to the end of the semester in the best way I can so I can go home and relax and be with all my family and friends. Also, after break is over, we start our spring tennis season which has been long anticipated. I cannot wait to get on the court and give all my efforts so I can try and succeed as well as having my team there. We are not predicted to win Conference, but a goal of mine is to win it and get a shiny new ring on my finger so I can have people stare at it. HA I get sidetracked. Anyways, this will be one of many blogs to come! Stay tuned bruh!
Most of the Wabash Little Giant tennis team has been hard at work this fall. The off-season workouts have been mostly attended while everyone is participating in the matches. The effort put into this offseason will be evident this spring when deciding team positioning, and also among the other teams we play. The first round of the round robin ends next Tuesday with round two beginning the same day. There have been some surprising results and several expected results. In these matches it is becoming evident who has been putting more work into this fall offseason and who hasn’t been. Although these offseason results are not a large influence on the lineup in the spring, it does have some influence with what coach will choose to do with the decision-making. The team is looking forward and ready to begin the spring season. Coach is always saying we don’t really care for the season we just want spring break to come so we can live the lives of the rich and famous on the beach in Malibu. Honestly we are just ready to start the matches and yes spring break is going to be awesome and we talk about it but as a team we are ready to compete. In other tennis news we have had several recruits come to campus for visits. If coach gets who is going after the incoming class will be very strong and we will continue to have a strong and young team. Fall is a crucial time for recruiting, however, it is also tough. Coach has to think of next years season when we haven’t even started this years. Along with recruiting, coach has tag teamed with the Case Western Reserve coach in putting a bid to host the fall ITA championships in Indianapolis. It would be nice to host ITAs that way we can save money on travels and sleeping accommodations because we could just stay here on campus and drive early in the morning.
ITAs/Importance of the off-season
When some people think of off-season the first thing that comes to mind is lying around watching TV and constantly eating. When in all actuality the off-season is a vital part of improving your game. Coach is giving us this week off and then the off-season training begins. Some schools won’t participate in training and others will do something light, but we will take the off-season very seriously so we can get better as players and become a close unit as a team.
The ITAs at St. Louis were a good visual on where we rack up with the players in the region. Although we saw many positives, we just weren’t able to pull out the match wins where we should have. In the first round of doubles Daniel and I had many chances to win (up 40-love, 40-15) and couldn’t close those games out in our 8-6 loss. That doubles team that beat us went on to win two more rounds. It was evident we hadn’t had any match play before ITAs. We were very inconsistent with returns, and shot selection. Although injuring my hip flexor in the second doubles match I played my singles matches and in the first one I was being content with just hitting the ball back into play. I did not trust my shots and was not going for my shots. The times in which I went for my shots there was a vast improvement and I was winning the points. My point playing was very inconsistent. I was missing too many easy balls.
Seeing where we rank also helps us see how important this off-season will be in preparation for the spring season. Most schools are active in the fall with matches before and after the ITAs and the only action we have in the fall is practice leading up to the ITAs.
Some of us got dinged up over the weekend, and this week off is very important for our bodies to prepare ourselves for the rigorous training we will undergo to really improve our game. Coach is currently devising a plan for us in the fall. It will consist of match play, conditioning, and weights. The match play aspect is to keep us in match play form; being able to work points and finish out games are keys to improving at tennis. We will be in the weight room to become stronger, which always can help; it also will make us faster on the court. Conditioning also keeps us in shape, helps endurance during matches, and also makes us faster. The insanity workout we did last fall will be interweaved in this falls workouts as well, along with that the new insanity asylum program will also be used. Recently crossfit training has become very popular and there are even crossfit games that are shown on ESPN and those workouts may also be part of our training.
Coach is going to keep the off-season schedule a little different from day to day and week to week. It is very important to keep the workouts fresh so we can stay motivated and not get bored from the same repetitive activity.
We may have struggled at ITAs, but Wabash Always Fights; therefore, we will put more effort into this off-season so we can come back in the spring and reach and exceed the goals we set earlier this year.
Hello Wabash Fans!
It is a little over a week before ITA’s at St. Louis and the team is very close to ready. We have been hard at work for over 2 weeks. Coach has a heavy emphasis on having us push harder and harder every day. We have been running 3-minute shuttles and variations of that every other day, with the occasional back-to-back day. A 3-minute shuttle is a run from doubles sideline to doubles sideline for 3 minutes with a goal of reaching 60 touches. The point of the shuttle is not only for conditioning, but also for improving the ability to push you harder, and for team building. While running these I find it much easier if I have the support of my teammates cheering me on and assisting my mind into pushing harder. The object is to improve every time we run it and so far everyone has improved every time. The work ethic is at an all-time high. Through all the conditioning and playing everyone is giving there all and it is great to see.
The three freshmen, Michael Doebler, Sky King, and Mark Troiano, have really jumped in quick and have learned what it takes at practice to succeed. They are still in the learning process of what coach’s philosophies are, but are very eager when coach is communicating with them. They are great additions to the team and the team has started off on the right foot. We are all getting on each other to work harder; the motivation from teammates really shows that our team chemistry is very high. We are looking forward to another week of intense practice before heading down to St. Louis and show the central region what we Wabash Men are made of.
At the end of the summer the Wabash tennis courts outside began reconstruction. The top three courts were full of cracks and big weeds growing out of the cracks. The campus decided it was time to completely re-do the courts (thank goodness). They brought in heavy machinery and began going to work. The courts were completely destroyed to rubble, and the rubble was removed before starting the new courts. They put out the gravel and paved it, so the foundation was set. The fences before were curling at the bottom so balls were escaping to the road and other areas out of the fence. The company said that they were making it so that the fence will not curl anymore. When they had everything set up we were kicked off the bottom three courts and practice was moved to the indoor facility. The indoor facility has red courts with gray around the courts; the previous outdoor courts were the typical green courts with red around them. The reason for us being moved inside was so they can make all the facilities uniform; therefore, they have to paint the lower three courts outside as well as the three new courts red and gray. The courts are looking very nice and are very close to completion. Coach has been thinking of ideas to possibly add “W” at spots on the outdoor courts, or “Wabash Tennis,” among other ideas to make the courts look even nicer.
Not only is the team looking better each and every day but the courts are too!!
Wabash Always Fights!