Moshevich Nabs NWC Men's Tennis Honor

News Release Date:
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Etienne Moshevich, a Whitman College senior, is this week's Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for men's tennis.

The award, announced Tuesday, recognized Moshevich's contributions to three Whitman matches last Friday and Saturday at the Stag-Hen Invitational in Claremont, Calif.

Moshevich played a key role Saturday when Whitman, ranked No. 19 nationally in NCAA Division III, knocked off No. 9 Trinity (Texas) by a 5-4 count.

Moshevich won his singles match (No. 3) in straight sets and teamed with sophomore Jeff Tolman for an 8-5 victory at No. 2 doubles.

Etienne Moshevich

"This is the highest-ranked team we've beaten since I started coaching (full time) at Whitman 12 years ago," coach Jeff Northam said afterwards.

Moshevich also contributed two team points to a 6-3 victory over Swarthmore in the second of two Friday matches. He and Tolman helped Whitman grab an early 2-1 lead by edging their opponents 9-8 at No. 2 doubles.

As matches in singles started to finish, Whitman maintained its slim lead at 4-3.

Playing at No. 3 against Max Bressman in of two unfinished matches, Moshevich was locked in his second three-set battle of the day, winning the first set 6-2 before dropping the second 6-1 as he started cramping. 

Noting that "it doesn't matter how big one's heart is, if the body is falling apart," Northam was amazed when Moshevich bounced back for a quick 4-1 lead in the third set.

"Here he was cramping, no energy and absolutely lighting up his forehand," Northam continued. "In an effort to keep the points short, ET was going for broke most every shot. Truly one of the more amazing displays of courage I have seen."

Moshevich eventually won the third set 7-6 in a tie-breaker to cap Whitman's 6-3 victory over Swarthmore. His victory came soon after junior teammate Adriel Borshansky scored the clinching fifth team point at No. 5 singles.

Earlier in the day on Friday, in a Whitman loss to No. 7 Kenyon, Moshevich dropped a three-set decision (6-1, 6-7, 10-6) to C.J. Williams.

Moshevich, who has struggled with injuries during an otherwise brilliant college career, is in the midst of his most healthy season.

Through Whitman's first 12 matches, Moshevich is 6-1 in singles (3-0 NWC) and 8-2 (6-0 NWC) in doubles with Tolman.

Moshevich was named to the All-NWC First Team as a sophomore and to the All-NWC Second Team as junior. After winning ITA All-American honors in doubles during the fall semester of his freshman year, he missed much of that spring season due to injury.

Moshevich also earned ITA All-American honors in doubles as a sophomore.

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Sports Information Director
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