Koontz Back In Town To Face VCU with Virginia Tech
By John Packett
RTA Contributing Writer
Another check of local players on the college scene, as the 2013 campaign heads into the final month of the regular season:
Former Deep Run star Hunter Koontz returns to Richmond on March 30, when his Virginia Tech Hokies face Virginia Commonwealth University in a state showdown at the Thalhimer Tennis Center on VCU’s campus. The match begins at 11 a.m.
Koontz, who led Deep Run to a pair of state Group AAA team championships and captured back-to-back state singles and doubles titles, plays No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles for the Hokies as a sophomore.
Tech, which is ranked 54th in the country, lost to top-ranked Virginia 7-0 on Thursday in Charlottesville. VCU (15-4) is ranked 30th.
Koontz helped the Hokies (11-4) edge North Carolina 4-3 on March 22 in Blacksburg, when he teamed with Lucas Oliveira to win the No. 2 doubles match, clinching the crucial doubles point.
Columbia University tuned up for its Ivy League schedule with a 4-0 victory over Texas-Arlington on March 22, giving the No. 44 Lions a 10-5 record. Ex-Collegiate standout Max Schnur contributed to the victory with singles and doubles wins.
With his partner Ashok Narayana at No. 1, Schnur made sure Columbia claimed the doubles point, then captured his singles match at No. 4 in straight-set fashion. Schnur, a sophomore, has a 10-2 dual-match record and is 10-3 with Narayana in doubles.
The Lions open Ivy League play against Cornell on March 30 in New York City.
Freshman Emily Hahn helped Princeton edge Syracuse 4-3 on March 17, but dropped the deciding match in a 4-3 loss to Loyola Marymount on March 21 in Los Angeles. Hahn plays either No. 5 or 6 singles for the Tigers and No. 3 doubles.
Princeton (8-4), ranked No. 65, begins Ivy League play on March 30 against Penn.
Former St. Catherine’s star Callie Whitlock, a sophomore, has helped Rollins College to a 12-2 record and a national ranking of 12th in Division II. Whitlock plays No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles for the Tars, located in Winter Park, Fla.
Anne Garland, a senior out of St. Catherine’s, is playing her final season for the University of the South (Sewanee). With Garland holding down the No. 5 spot in singles and No. 2 in doubles, the Tigers are 9-5 and ranked 15th in Division III.
Three former Richmonders were on the court when No. 25 (in Division III) Mary Washington met top-ranked Kenyon but they only met in doubles. C.J. Williams (St. Christopher’s) plays No. 4 for Kenyon while Tyler Carey (Cosby) is UMW’s No. 1 and Evan Charles (Deep Run) is No. 3 for the Eagles.
Kenyon rolled 8-1 on March 24, as Williams and his partner downed Carey and Kaleb Nguyen 9-7 at No. 2 doubles. Charles teamed with Donato Rizzolo at No. 1 doubles to secure the Eagles’ only point.
Former Mills Godwin standout – and defending Central Region champion – Michael Holt is playing either No. 2 or 3 singles for No. 26 Washington and Lee and No. 1 doubles in his freshman season. The Generals are 12-3.
Senior Allie Shulman (Deep Run) helped Longwood defeat Virginia State 7-0 on March 26 by winning her singles match at No. 3 and her doubles at No. 1 with Marta Pinyol. The victory raised the Lancers’ record to 3-10. Junior Nicole Parker (Mills Godwin) plays No. 6 singles.