Coach's Corner #1 - A Letter from the desk of Coach Gary Glassman

Head coach Gary Glassman

Nov. 8, 2012

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Greetings and welcome to the Fall edition of the 2012 Coach's Corner, a newsletter to keep you informed and up to date on Stony Brook Tennis!

Once again we had another eventful fall. After hosting back-to-back home events for the men and women, the ladies hit the road for the Army Invitational. For the second consecutive weekend, Nini Lagvilava `13 faced off against teammate Polina Movchan `15 in the A flight singles final. It was Nini who came out victorious again as she defeated Polina in a third-set match tiebreaker.

The men headed to New Hampshire in early October for the Dartmouth Shootout. Mons Knudtzon `14 led the way as he finished third in the A flight singles draw. Mons also teamed with Albert Fontova '14 and they advanced to the finals of the B flight doubles draw.

Both squads ended their fall campaign at the ITA Regionals. Rick Timmermann '16 was our only singles entrant and he fell in the second round to Cornell. The women had their best showing in the history of the program as three players reached the third round in singles - Nini Lagvilava, Polina Movchan, and Jackie Altansarnai '16. In doubles, Movchan and Becky Shtilkind '16 knocked off Boston College in the first round and advanced to the round of 16. It was an exciting preview of things to come.

In this edition of Seawolves Profiles, we take a closer look at a senior and a freshman.

Robert "Big Bear" Forai is a senior from Novi Sad, Serbia and majors in Health Sciences. The Big Bear is our only senior and the team leader. Whenever some of the young guys get out of line, the Bear simply growls at them and they fall right back in. Last year in a three-all match against UMBC, it came down to the Bear. Fortunately for the Seawolves he prevailed with a three-set victory. It certainly made for a more pleasant ride up I-95 after that match. After graduation Robert is planning to go to Scandinavia for graduate school. If you happen to fall and break your hip, in addition to hiring a lawyer, you'll want the Bear to help get you back to 100%. Just a word of advice - don't rub any honey on your hip ...



Jackie "The Ripper" Altansarnai is a freshman from Hinsdale, Ill. After training under the watchful eye of legendary coach Jack Sharpe, the Ripper chose to become a Seawolf. Jackie finished her junior career ranked 44th in the country. She already has recorded a win over Princeton this fall and the future looks very bright for the Ripper. It's a good thing our $40 million Recreation Center is fully operational. Between the Rec Center and the courts, we always know where to find Jackie. Don't worry Stony Brook faculty - she also hangs out in our Goldstein Center as well.

Please come out and watch the Big Bear growl, to see Jackie rip some returns and to support all of your Seawolves!

Of more immediate concern - the Athletic Department will be honoring the women's team for winning the 2012 America East Conference championship on Sunday, November 18 at halftime of the men's basketball game vs. Sacred Heart. Tip-off is at 2 p.m. and you're entitled to one complimentary ticket (additional tickets are $8).

Please RSVP by Thursday, November 15 to Christina Rondeau at (631) 632-7933 or email Mention the word TENNIS.

How many of you can believe that we will be hosting our Seventh Annual Seawolves Tennis Family FunFest in the spring? The first person to tell me will get a free Seawolves Tennis t-shirt. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, March 23. This year's event is destined to be the most memorable as we have a magician (Rick), a juggler (Jackie) and a guitarist (Robert) in our midst. They all entertain for food or donations - preferably donations to the Tennis program. Once again, the FunFest will take place at Eastern Athletic Club in Blue Point.

If you do believe that this is going to be our Seventh Annual Seawolves FunFest event, but still want some tennis gear for yourself or that special someone, emaiI me with your size and address. We will mail you a Stony Brook Tennis shirt, hoodie, pants, hat, visor, etc... All we ask is that you make a donation of your choice to the Tennis Fund for Excellence.

Seeing that it's better to give than receive, this is a perfect gift opportunity for that Seawolves fan in your life.

If you know of any teammates/supporters who 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