Whitman Athletics: Fall 2011 Memories

News Release Date:
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Greetings from Whitman College Athletics!

Athletics Director Dean Snider
Looks Back on Fall Sports
Memories, Successes

Dear W Club Members - Those of us associated with Whitman Athletics can be thankful for a fall sports season in which our student athletes, teams and coaches represented the college like true champions, and for the multitude of great memories they provided over the past several weeks.

Dean Snider

A handful of our tennis players represented Whitman at the ITA / USTA National Small College Championships in October, and Emilie Gilbert recently returned from running at the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships.

Emilie Gilbert

Gilbert, a junior, qualified for nationals by placing 16th at the West Region championships in Claremont, Calif. Competing in a field of about 280 runners, she became only the third Whitman woman to run the 6,000 meters in under 23 minutes at the national championships.

Gilbert was one of three Whitman women who earned all-region honors. The others are senior Mollee Huisinga and first-year runner Caitlin Iglehart. Oliver Wood, a junior running his first season of cross country, just missed all-region honors on the men's side.

In tennis, sophomore Andrew La Cava won his second straight regional singles title -- edging senior teammate Conor Holton-Burke in an epic finals match -- to advance to the national championship tournament in Mobile, Ala.

Andrew La Cava

La Cava performed admirably at nationals, placing sixth after winning two of four matches while playing four of the top five seeds.

Holton-Burke and his doubles partner, junior Matt Tesmond, won the regional doubles title, beating La Cava and his doubles partner, junior Jeff Tolman, in three tough sets. Holton-Burke and Tesmond lost their first match at nationals, however, to drop from the doubles bracket.

Alyssa Roberg

In the women's regional tourney, junior Alyssa Roberg won the singles title and joined Courtney Lawless, a first-year player, to take the doubles crown.

Roberg was unable to advance past her first-round singles match at nationals, but she and Lawless went 2-2 in doubles to place sixth.

Based in part on results from last spring, and on the fall championship tournaments, both the Whitman men's and women's tennis teams were well represented when the ITA fall rankings were released in November.

The Whitman men's team begins its pursuit of a fifth consecutive conference title in the spring while a much improved women's team expects to contend for a conference crown as well.


Women's & Men's Golf: Fall Semester Successes

The men's and women's golf teams, while the bulk of their Northwest Conference seasons play out during the spring semester, turned in strong performances at the annual NWC Fall Classic, which counts for 25 percent of the year-long championship scoring.

Katie Zajicek

With sophomore Katie Zajicek placing fifth in the individual scoring, the Whitman women took second in the team scoring, finishing just 13 strokes behind the winning team while beating its nearest competitor by more than 30 strokes. The Missionary women are ranked fourth in the NCAA Division III West Region.

Scott Martin

Zajicek twice won NWC Player of the Week honors during the fall, the first time after she won medalist honors by seven strokes and led Whitman to a 25-shot triumph at its own 36-hole invitational.

Meanwhile, the men's team shot its best round in more than a decade and surprised the conference with a third-place showing at its Fall Classic.

Freshman Scott Martin led the way with a 1-under par 71 in the closing round at the classic. That left him in third place in the final individual scoring, just two strokes out of second.

Earlier in the fall, sophomore Andrew Welch captured medalist honors as the Whitman men made a strong showing at a three-school match.

Soccer: Whitman Squads Place 11 on All-NWC Teams

No fewer than 11 Whitman soccer players earned spots on the All-NWC men's and women's soccer teams.

Leland Matthaeus
Amy Hasson

The men's team, which collected six all-conference awards, dropped from title contention after late leads slipped away in key games against two of the top teams in the conference.

Junior forward Leland Matthaeus made the All-NWC First Team and returns next season along with most of the men's roster.

Two pending losses to graduation are seniors Sam Freedman and Brian Percival. Freedman, a midfielder, was voted to the Second Team while Percival, a defender, received Honorable Mention.

Sophomore defender Cooper Schumacher, who also used his 6-foot-3 frame to contribute three game-winning goals to the offense, made the All-NWC Second Team. Sophomore midfielders Jesse Mirman and Junpei Tsuji received Honorable Mention.

The women's team, which suffered the heartbreak of six single-goal losses during the conference season, faces a tough task in replacing seven graduating seniors.

No loss will be felt more than midfielder Amy Hasson, who made the All-NWC First Team for the second time in four years. She was second in the NWC in scoring with 15 goals and six assists, finishing one goal behind a player who saw action in one more game this fall.

Cooper Schumacher
Jaclyn Rudd

Hasson led the conference in total shots, shots on goal, and game-winning goals. In generating 36 points, she enjoyed the second-most prolific single-season scoring campaign in more than two decades at Whitman.

Two juniors, defender Erin Flannery and midfielder Jaclyn Rudd, were voted to the All-NWC Second Team. Sophomore midfielders Hallie Swan and MacKenzie Hughes were singled out for Honorable Mention.

Three members of both Whitman teams also were named NWC Players of the Week during the course of the season.

Hasson was twice honored on the women's side while Rudd and senior defender Kate Potter were also recognized.

Weekly awards on the men's side went to Schumacher, junior goalkeeper Michael Bathurst and sophomore forward Chris Perkins.

Schumacher and Perkins for the men and Hasson for the women were also voted to the NCAA Division III Academic All-District Second Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The west region district includes 21 states.

Volleyball: Promising Season Falls Victim to Injuries

The promising season envisioned by the women's volleyball team fell victim to injuries to a pair of key outside hitters, junior Carrie Cecil and sophomore Jillian Davis.

Jillian Davis

Cecil, who was second on the team in kills a year ago, missed nearly the entire season. After rehabbing one injury for the first month of the season, she returned to play in just three matches before a second injury sidelined her for the rest of the fall.

Courtney Brewer

Davis, last year's West Region Rookie of the Year, also missed the first month before working her way back into the rotation.

By late October, Davis had regained much of last year's firepower and was named NWC Player of the Week after averaging 4.1 kills and 2.2 digs per set in a pair of weekend matches.

Her late-season resurgence was enough to land Davis a spot on the All-NWC Second Team. A year ago, she was the only first-year player voted to the First Team.

Meanwhile, junior middle blocker Courtney Brewer received Honorable Mention for a second straight season this fall.

Others who had strong seasons for Whitman included junior middle blocker Olivia Nielson, who had the second-best blocking numbers in the NWC, and first-year libero Annie Sing, who was third in the conference in total digs.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break. You can look forward next week to a preview and update about winter sports.

Have a wonderful holiday!


Dean Snider
Athletic Director
Whitman College
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