Vol. LXIII, No. 18
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
(Photo Courtesy of Princetons Office of Athletic Communications)
TOUGH SELL: Princeton University womens tennis head coach Kathy Sell surveys the action during a match this season. Sell guided the Tigers to the Ivy League title this spring. This Friday, the 42nd-ranked Tigers, now 18-7 overall and 6-1 in Ivy play, will head down to Miami where they will take on 29th-ranked Florida International University in the opening round of the NCAAs.
It was not the way the Princeton University womens tennis team wanted to start the final month of the regular season.
After blanking Penn 7-0 in its Ivy League opener in late March, Princeton began April with a 4-3 loss to Yale.
Although disappointed by the result, Princeton head coach Kathy Sell saw the loss as a chance to clear the air.
Chris Peyser and his senior classmates on the Princeton University mens lacrosse team are all smiles in a photo gracing the cover of the programs media guide which was taken last summer on the squads trip to Ireland.
But there have been plenty of frowns, grimaces, and even some tears along the way for the Class of 2009 which has experienced plenty of ups and downs.
There was a sense that Neil Karandikar might be one of the best players in the area as he breezed to victory at second singles in the Mercer County Tournament (MCT) in his first two seasons with the Princeton Day School boys tennis team.
But playing behind gifted teammate David Holland, the MCT champion at first singles from 2006-08, Karandikar didnt get the chance to test his skills against the top level of singles competition.
With Holland having graduated and currently playing at Duke, Karandikar moved up to first singles for PDS and competed in the MCT last week with the opportunity to show that he was a worthy successor to Holland.
Pole vaulting is one of the most unique and and demanding events in track and field.
Taking a long pole and sprinting down a runway and then leaping over a bar set any where from 10 to 14 feet is not for the fainthearted.
But for Princeton High junior Gerhard Gengel, pole vaulting is a daily routine like getting up in the morning and brushing his teeth.
Not too many people were paying attention to the Hun School boys tennis team as it started play last week in the Mercer County Tournament (MCT).
With first singles star Lance Goulbourne having graduated and gone on to play basketball at Vanderbilt and a new coach, Todd Loffredo, at the helm, Hun was an unknown quantity.
By the end of the tourney, though, Hun freshman star Chris Seitz turned plenty of heads around Mercer County Park with an unlikely run to the first singles championship match.
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