Follow the happenings of an animated college tennis coach and his teams in their pursuit of an NCAA National Tennis Championship. It is always the impressive trophy that is displayed for all to admire that gets the attention, but it is the journey to claiming that trophy, the relationships built, the people served and the memories created, that live forever...and what I hope you will find interesting...
In an effort to improve and gain additional match experience Andrey Boldarev has taken to the ITF future circuit this summer. Boasting a national ranking in his home country of Uzbekistan, Andrey is able to sign into qualifying draws.
Andrey was in Rochester, NY (not to be confused with Rochester Minnesota, the town of my grandparents) this week and had some early success (click here for the draw).
Andrey fell to a tough opponent, Evan King, who plays #2 singles for the University of Michigan (NCAA D1) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4). King had been ranked as high as 14 in the world among ITF Juniors.
Next up will be Pittsburgh and F17. Lets all wish Andrey good luck and hope this experience propels him to great achievements for the Clippers next season and beyond.
In other news, Coach Schwartz is playing the doubles main draw (click here for the draw). Good luck Craig, lets get some points!
The CACC has announced its spring All-Academic team (click here for full press release). This year Clipper Andrey Boldarev is one of eight tennis athletes in the conference to be honored. An athlete is recognized if he/she achieves a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the academic year and has attended the member institution for at least two years. According to conference figures, Andrey qualified with a 3.6 for the year. Congratulations to Andrey who excels both on the court and in the classroom.
I don't know if you recall my 11/9/09 post titled "It's official" concerning the poor officiating that seems to be so omnipresent in the world of sports these days or if you watched last night's Cleveland vs. Detroit baseball game. Sadly, last night I witnessed a tremendous injustice where an umpire simply stole a once in a lifetime moment from a professional athlete. Something must be done!
The Final NCAA II National Rankings (June 2, 2010) have been released and your Concordia Clippers are included in the top 10 (click here for complete rankings). In my heart of hearts, I believe that we are better than several teams ranked ahead of us but it is what it is. Next year we will have more competition against the nation's elite and will have a solid chance to be ranked higher.
Alex Grubin finishes the year at #4 in singles and Andrey Boldarev at #29. Alex and Andrey also finished the 2010 campaign at #4 in the doubles. These are no small accomplishments for these fine young men and both should be congratulated.
In addition, Alex is named as All-American in singles and doubles whereas Andrey is named All-American in doubles.
What a great year. I hope we have some more and new names in the rankings next season.
Our pal Craig Schwartz came up on the short end of the scoreboard today. He and his partner lost to the #1 seeds in a close third set match tiebreaker (click here for draw sheet). As you may know, a match tiebreaker is played in lieu of a third set in doubles on the tour.
Keep going Craig. We hope you have better luck in your next event.
I got involved with Concordia Tennis as a way to honor my parents who were both professors and coaches at the college back in the 1960's and also to give back to the program that provided so much for me.
I started with a dream of taking a team to the National "Sweet 16". However, once we got there and I saw what it took to win a National Championship, it looked possible and that became my goal. I thought for a long time that I must have one. However, over time, I realized that it is more important to focus on building champions rather than winning championships and that relationships are far more important than achievements. Thus, a stronger purpose became clear. I am here to love, serve, care for and lead my teams...
"I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters, and that it is my duty, in return for the lavish life God has devolved upon me, to help others he has placed in my path." - Ben Stein
"You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy." - Arthur Ashe
“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it.” - Knute Rockne
“If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven't done anything today.” - Lou Holtz
"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." - Vince Lombardi
"The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break." - John Madden
"Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
"Success is a journey, not a destination." - Arthur Ashe
"Champions keep playing until they get it right." - Billie Jean King
"Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play." - Mike Singletary
"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden
"The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that's the day you start to the top." - O.J. Simpson
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." - John Wooden
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
"If you want to be good, focus on making yourself better. If you want to be great, focus on making yourself and your team better." - Jon Gordon