Local Players Having Impact on College Scene
By John Packett
RTA Contributing Writer
The college tennis season has been under way for more than a month and Richmonders are making their presence felt at a number of schools.
Former Collegiate star Max Schnur made one of the biggest splashes over the weekend, winning both his singles and doubles matches for Columbia, as the Ivy League Lions edged George Washington 4-3 on March 1 on their home courts in New York City.
Schnur, a sophomore, clinched the match with a hard-fought victory at No. 4 singles over Alexander van Gils 7-6 (9), 6-4. Earlier, Schnur had teamed with Ashok Narayana at No. 1 doubles to beat the GW pair of van Gils and Ulrik Thomsen 8-1.
Schnur is 5-1 in singles and 6-2 in doubles this season. The Lions are ranked No. 32 in the latest intercollegiate tennis rankings.
Former Deep Run High School standout Hunter Koontz is playing No. 3/4 singles and No. 2 doubles for Virginia Tech as a sophomore. The Hokies improved to 7-3 with a 7-0 victory over James Madison on March 5 in Blacksburg. Tech is ranked No. 65.
At William and Mary, freshman Matt Waddell (Deep Run High School) is playing No. 2 doubles and No. 6 singles for the Tribe, who are 6-8 after a tough stretch of matches this week against nationally ranked foes. Waddell, who won the Davenport City men’s singles title in 2011, recently moved into the starting lineup.
In another development, former Mills Godwin star Kyle Parker, projected to play No. 1 singles for the College of Charleston this spring, is taking the semester off from school and is working at Raintree Swim and Racquet Club. CofC is coached by Richmonder Jay Bruner.
Parker is hopeful of returning to college in the fall, perhaps at a school closer to home.
Richmonder Emily Hahn, who played her freshman year at Douglas Freeman before going to Florida to improve her game, is now a first-year student at Princeton and playing mostly No. 6 singles and No. 2 doubles for the Tigers. Princeton is 5-3 on the season.
Former Cosby standout Tyler Carey (No. 1) and ex-Deep Run standout Evan Charles (No. 2) are at the top of the Mary Washington singles lineup, helping the Eagles to a No. 23 ranking in the NCAA’s Division III division. UMW was 6-3 heading into a California swing this week.
Charles is half of the No. 1 doubles pairing, while Carey makes up part of the No. 2 team.
Another former Godwin standout, Michael Holt, is playing No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles as a freshman at Washington and Lee. The Generals, favored to win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title, are ranked No. 22 in the Division III listings.
Former Varina standout Ashley Milo won her matches at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles to help Coppin State claim its first victory of the season on March 1 in Baltimore, a 5-2 decision over St. Francis (N.Y.). The Eagles had dropped their first four matches.
C.J. Williams, a senior who played at St. Christopher’s, clinched the Division III ITA Indoor Championship for Kenyon late last month when he won his No. 4 singles match in a third-set tiebreaker to give the Lords at 5-4 victory over top-ranked Emory University. Kenyon took over the No. 1 spot in Division III.