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

Head Coach Gary Glassman

July 11, 2011

Stony Brook, N.Y. -
Greetings and welcome to the final installment of the 2011 season Coach's Corner - a newsletter designed to keep you informed and up to date on Stony Brook Tennis. As we dive head first into the summer - I hope you all had a safe and festive July 4th holiday.

It was another banner season for the Seawolves - on the court and in the classroom. The women's team finished with a record of 15-5 overall, and came within eight points of knocking off 18-time defending America East champion - Boston U. Once again, Nini Lagvilava '13 led the way with a 14-5 record and earned a year-end Northeast Region ranking of 18. It is the first time in the history of women's tennis that we have had a player in the final rankings.

Speaking of firsts - the women knocked off the UPenn Quakers - marking the first ever victory over an Ivy League squad. The women's efforts were noticed by the America East coaches as the following were named all-conference first team selections in singles: Prerana Appineni '12, Gayatri Krishnan '11, and Salome Mkervalidze '12. Krishnan and Lagvilava were selected to the first team in doubles as well. The doubles combinations of Prerana Appineni/Aylin Mehter '13 and Katherine Hanson `12/ Salome Mkervalidze were named to the all-conference second team.

On the men's side, the squad reached the America East semifinals for the second consecutive year. Nikita Fomin '14 played most of the spring season at #1 singles and had a banner year with a record of 14-6. For his efforts he was named to the all-conference second team in singles, America East Rookie of the Year, and finished with a Northeast Region ranking of 13. The outlook is extremely positive as both programs return five of their top six players.



In the classroom - both squads performed at their usual high level and earned collective team GPA's of 3.3 respectively. That earned each program the elite status of ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Team Academic All-American. The ITA also honors individual student-athletes with GPAs of 3.5 or over as ITA Scholar-Athletes. We had six student-athletes - Fanny Charliquart, Gayatri Krishnan, Ivan Rummel, Francesco Arciuli, Roope Kailaheimo and Ryan Schmitz - earn this honor. 

Additionally, the women placed seven of eight players on the America East Honor roll and the men tallied seven of nine team members. Heading into my 13th campaign at Stony Brook - I still marvel at the tennis and academic contributions of the Seawolves - past and present. Each season we are truly fortunate to have such a group of highly motivated young men and women represent this amazing university!

Speaking of contributions - I would like to extend a warm Thank You to everybody that made a donation to the tennis program this year. If you have not received a shirt or hat - please let me know and I'll get one out to you right away. Your generosity each season allows us to continue to play the highly competitive schedule that has certainly made Stony Brook a force in the Northeast Region and beyond. All of the players and the coaching staff appreciate your support.

Looking forward to the 2011/12 season - we will be hosting two events in the fall. The men will kick off the season with the 3rd Annual Seawolves Invitational on September 10/11. The following weekend the women will host their 5th Annual Stony Brook Classic from September 16-18. This year's field is shaping up to the biggest ever as we have 11 teams lined up to participate. As soon as the tournament concludes on Sunday the 18th - both the men and women will be heading to the Port Jefferson Country Club. Head pro Eric Dunnett has graciously invited the Seawolves to attend a meet and greet with his club members. Start time is scheduled for 4 p.m. and it will be a fun event as the Seawolves and the PJCC members play a little doubles and have a lot of laughs!

It's never too early to mark your calendars and save the date of March 10, 2012. That is the date of the 6th Annual Seawolves Tennis Family FunFest at Eastern Athletic Club. Once again, the goal will be to have 45 people in attendance and to raise $6,000 for the tennis program.

At this time I would like to take the opportunity to say good-bye, good luck and thank you to one of our greatest supporters. Dr. Joe McDonnell has accepted a position at the University of Southern Maine as Dean of the College of Management and Human Service. Joe was a long time faculty member in the College of Business and for a time served as the Dean. Not only did he work here, but he is also a tennis playing alum. Now he will have to get used to the indoor courts where he will be for most of the year. All the best up in Vacationland USA!

Before I sign off for the summer - I want to say one more good-bye, good luck and thank you. This one goes out to our graduating seniors - Fanny Charliquart, Gayatri Krishnan and Ivan Rummel. Thank you for all of your contributions over the last four years and good luck. I know each of you will be extremely successful in whichever field you choose to pursue. In fact, a special congratulation is in order for Gayatri. Her final volley as a Seawolf was being named as the America East Scholar-Athlete in Women's Tennis. What a way to end a great college career. Click here to read the release.

We will miss all of you and you always have a home here at Stony Brook!!
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Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you on the other side of the net!

Gary Glassman