Today's college spotlight goes to Jon Hoffman. Jon graduated in 2012, and of all the player playing collegiate tennis right now, he may be the one you should get the most excited about. Unlike others highlighted below, Jon did not play 1 singles at West Ottawa. He first made the West Ottawa varsity team as a Junior, and played two years as a doubles player (although I should mention that he was a VERY good doubles player). Not only is Jon playing for Hope, but he is one of their Team Captains. Anyways, the point is that Jon proves you don't have to be a four year starter in high school or a 1 singles player to play college tennis. So, if you are an underclassmen on the JV team and want to play college tennis someday, it is possible...you just have to get working very, very hard. Great job Jon!
We've got a lot of WO Tennis grads doing some great things right now, and I want to keep highlighting it whenever I can. Casey Foster played 1 Singles for our girls last spring. After graduation she headed out to Wheaton College, where she tried out for and made their tennis team! Casey is pictured in the back row and is the third girl from the left. Great job Casey!
In case you want to keep following him along, here's what Nick has been up to lately. His coach told him that he came in stronger than expected, and that he wanted to burn Nick's redshirt (that means he wanted him to start as a freshman on their varsity team). A varsity starting lineup has 6 players on it, and it looks like Nick played the 5 spot recently. He just won a tournament and improved to 5-3 on the year. Click Here for a link to the writeup on Nick and Western's team. Keep it up Nick! We also have two other recent graduates joining the college tennis ranks, Mark VanderStoep (Hope) and Casey Foster (Wheaton). I'll keep you informed with their progress as I learn more information. It's definitely great to see our graduates having success.