Undefeated "ET" Shares Men's Borlekse
News Release Date:
Thursday, May 19, 2011
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Etienne Moshevich, a spirited competitor who helped the men's tennis team post a remarkable 68-0 conference record over the past four seasons, is co-winner of the 2011 winner of the R.V. Borleske Trophy, which is presented annually to the top male athlete at Whitman College.
The trophy, which is awarded by a vote of the Whitman coaching staff, recognizes athletic ability and accomplishments, leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and contributions to the campus as a whole.
Moshevich shares this year's Borleske Trophy with Justin Artis, the only senior on a men's basketball team that enjoyed its best season in more than two decades.
Moshevich, who was hampered by a shoulder injury throughout his time at Whitman, enjoyed his most healthy spring season as a senior. He was 12-2 in singles, playing mostly at the No. 3 spot, and 16-4 in doubles, teaming with sophomore Jeff Tolman for much of the season in the No. 2 slot.
With Moshevich leading the charge, Whitman closed out the regular season with eight consecutive victories to earn its fourth straight NWC title and fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III national championship field.
"Etienne was the motivating force force behind our team success the past four years," Whitman coach Jeff Northam says. "He played with an intensity and heart that inspired the entire team.
"Put ET on the tennis court and what you see is the heart of lion," Northam adds. "He is without question one of the best competitors we've ever had. He fights tooth and nail from the first point to the last. He does whatever he can to win, and he takes the rest of the team along with him."
Moshevich was named NWC Student-Athlete of the Week for men's tennis in back-to-back weeks in March.
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The first award came after Moshevich led Whitman to a 5-4 victory over Trinity, ranked No. 9 nationally at the time, and a 6-3 triumph over Swarthmore. He notched wins in singles and doubles against both teams.
His singles victory against Trinity -- the highest-ranked team Whitman has beaten in two-plus decades -- came in straight sets, but he persevered through leg cramps to post a three-set win against his Swarthmore foe.
"ET had no energy left and he was cramping, but he was still lighting up his forehand," Northam says.
"In an effort to keep the points short, he was going for broke on almost every shot. It was truly one of the most amazing displays of courage I have seen."
His second NWC award came after he claimed wins in singles and doubles in his team's 5-4 loss to No. 12 Cal Lutheran. He dropped his first set in singles but bounced back to win the next two as Whitman nearly rallied past the Kingsmen on their home courts.
After polishing off its regular season NWC title, Whitman notched a pair of dominating 5-0 victories in the conference playoffs. Moshevich contributed wins in doubles and singles to a semifinal triumph. In the finals, he and Tolman were part of a doubles sweep, and he was within one game of a win in singles when Whitman clinched the team victory.
Whitman, which was ranked as high as No. 19 during the season, faced No. 6 Washington University in the second round of the national championships, and Moshevich again rose to the occasion.
He was part of an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles and he was on the verge of victory at No. 3 singles (ahead 6-1, 5-4) when play was discontinued after Washington clinched a hard-fought 5-2 team victory.
Moshevich also capped his senior season by earning All-NWC First Team honors for the second time in three seasons. He was voted to the All-NWC Second Team during his junior campaign.
Moshevich made an immediate impact during the fall semester of his freshman year. He teamed with Matthew Solomon, then a sophomore, to win the doubles title at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's regional tournament.
As ITA All-Americans, the Whitman duo advanced to the National Small College Championships, where they won two of four matches and placed fourth. Later that year during the spring season, however, a shoulder injury limited Moshevich to just a handful of matches.
As a sophomore, Moshevich again teamed with Solomon to win the ITA's regional doubles crown, although a failing shoulder again limited his play during the spring season.
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After missing the ITA's fall tournament as a junior (while on foreign study), Moshevich played through much of that spring season, winning 16 of 21 matches in singles and doubles.
Despite missing most of two spring seasons to injury, Moshevich finished with nearly 80 career victories in singles and doubles. Against NWC opponents, he lost just three times -- once in singles and twice in doubles.
A graduate of Hugh McRoberts Secondary in Richmond, B.C., Moshevich is majoring in economics at Whitman.
He has been active in the Whitman Investment Company, a student investment management group, serving as its current CEO/CFO.
He volunteered this spring as one of the contestants in the Mr. Whitman Pagaent, which raises funds each year for a variety of charities.
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Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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