Holton-Burke Named NWC Player of Year,
Three More Whit Men Net Tennis Honors
News Release Date:
Friday, April 15, 2011
|2011 NWC Men's Tennis Player of the Year: Whitman's Conor Holton-Burke
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Add Conor Holton-Burke to the list of Whitman College tennis aces who have earned Northwest Conference Player of the Year honors during the past decade.
|Andrew La Cava
Holton-Burke, a junior, won this spring's top award for men's tennis by amassing the most votes in all-conference balloting earlier this week by NWC coaches.
Joining Holton-Burke on the All-NWC First Team are freshman Andrew La Cava and senior Etienne Moshevich. Sophomore Jeff Tolman was voted to the All-NWC Second Team.
Veteran Whitman coach Jeff Northan also was named NWC Coach of the Year for the third time in the past four seasons.
Northam has won the award a total of five times since 2000.
Holton-Burke played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for Whitman this season, helping fill the void left by last spring's graduation of seven seniors, including two-time Player of the Year Matt Solomon.
Whitman players have now taken Player of the Year honors in seven of the last 11 years.
Holton-Burke was the only player in the NWC to go undefeated this spring at No. 1 singles, posting a 9-0 mark against the rest of the best in the conference.
He also rolled to a 9-1 NWC record in doubles, teaming with La Cava for an 8-1 mark in the No. 1 slot. Their only NWC loss came on the last day of the regular season.
Holton-Burke and La Cava tallied their biggest doubles win of the season in mid-March when they raced to an 8-2 victory over Bobby Cocanaugher and Cory Kowal, a Trinity (Texas) duo that finished second at last year's NCAA Division III national doubles championship.
With Whitman fielding an especially deep roster in his first two seasons, Holton-Burke saw less court as a freshman and sophomore but still posted combined NWC records of 12-1 in singles and 13-1 in doubles.
La Cava also went undefeated in singles this spring during the NWC season, rolling to a 9-0 record in the No. 2 slot.
Moshevich, playing No. 3 singles for much of the season, earned first-team honors for the second time in three years. He was voted to the All-NWC Second Team a year ago as a junior.
Moshevich, plagued by injury throughout his time at Whitman, has enjoyed his most healthy season as senior, twice winning NWC Student Athlete of the Week honors.
Moshevich scored a number of impressive wins when Whitman, ranked No. 22 in NCAA DIII, played a string of other nationally ranked teams during a Spring Break trip to California.
Moshevich sparked a 5-4 victory over No. 9 Trinity (Texas) by winning his No. 3 singles match and contributing to a doubles win at No. 2.
On the season, Moshevich was 10-2 in singles and 5-0 in conference. He also teamed with Tolman to win all nine of their NWC doubles matches, finishing the spring with a 13-3 record overall.
Tolman, who was voted to the All-NWC First Team a year ago, also enjoyed a strong singles campaign this spring, playing most of his matches at No. 4 and winning seven of eight times against conference foes.
In a Whitman loss to No. 7 Kenyon in March, Tolman secured the only Whitman team point with a three-set victory. He also added a singles victory to Whitman's upset of No. 9 Trinity (Texas) and won another singles match against No. 15 Bowdoin.
In the latest ITA West Region rankings, Holton-Burke and La Cava are No. 7 doubles while Moshevich and Tolman are No. 14.
In the singles rankings, Holton-Burke is No. 19, followed by La Cava at No. 21 and Moshevich at No. 23.
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