Coach's Corner - A Note From the Desk of Coach Glassman

Oct. 28, 2010

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Greetings and welcome to the second installment of the 2010 season Coach's Corner - a monthly newsletter to keep you informed and up to date on Stony Brook Tennis! Starting with this edition we will begin two new features. However, we must first take care of the tennis business.

It was a busy fall campaign as the past eight weekends saw at least one or both teams in action. The fall, or non-traditional season, is designed to give us an idea of where we are at as a team and what we need to work on for the spring season. We opened the season at a mixer at the Three Village Tennis Club as our team was invited to hit on the clay with the members there. It was a tremendous event and over 35 members from the club participated. On the women's side - we finished with the ITA Regional Championships at Dartmouth. It was our biggest entry ever as we had three singles players in the main draw as well as three doubles teams. Nini Lagvilava '13 advanced to the round of 32 before falling to the 9th seed from Harvard in a grueling 3rd set. On the men's side we sent four singles players and two doubles teams to Yale for the Regional Championships. Nikita Fomin '14 turned the most heads by taking the top seed and defending champion to three sets before falling in the 3rd round. Now it's time to focus on the physical conditioning and prepare for final exams.

The first new feature will be Seawolves Profiles. This month we will get an inside look at Aylin Mehter '13 and Ivan Rummel '11.

Aylin is a sophomore from Massapequa, NY and played #5 singles last spring. She had an overall record of 9-2 and that included a seven-match winning streak. This fall Aylin won two matches in the Regional Qualifying tournament before falling to the #3 seed in the main draw. Aylin is an English major who's dream is to go to San Diego, Calif. and visit the avocado farm owned by singer/songwriter Jason Mraz. Unbelievable as it may sound - the Massapequa Mauler has never dined at Ciao Baby restaurant in her hometown!



Ivan Peter "Rampage" Rummel is our lone senior on the men's squad. Ivan hails from Hodmezovasarhely, Hungary, but I'm sure most of you already knew that. With fifty singles wins heading into his final season - Rampage will certainly finish his career as one of the most prolific players in Stony Brook Tennis history. Ivan is double majoring in Business and Economics and this fall he has been doing an internship with Merrill Lynch. He spent the last two summers in the Hamptons teaching tennis and giving personal financial advice to George Soros. Many folks around here predict that Ivan will be first the tennis playing alumni to donate a major gift and have an indoor facility named after him.

This spring - please come out to support Aylin, Ivan and all of your Seawolves!

Our second new feature is Seawolves Tennis Trivia. Each month we will ask a tennis related question. The first person to correctly answer will receive a piece of apparel of their choice - shirt, hat, visor, etc...

This edition's question is: Name the first tennis player to be inducted into the Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame?? Please email me with your answers at

A couple of reminders - please mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Seawolves Tennis Family Funfest. This year's event will take place on Saturday March 19, 2011 from 6:00-9:30pm at Eastern Athletic Club in Blue Point.

Just in time for the early holiday shoppers - this month we are kicking off our annual PAWS promotion. Simply e-mail me with your shirt size and address and we will mail you a Stony Brook Tennis shirt or hat/visor. All we ask is that you make a PAWS donation of your choice to Tennis. Seeing that it's better to give than receive - this is a perfect gift for that Seawolves fan in your life.

If you know of any teammates/supporters that would like to receive the Coach's Corner - please feel free to send me their email address.

Take care and I look forward to seeing you on the other side of the net!

Gary Glassman