USTA Section: Northern California
Will Chen - Sophomore
Adriana Diakite - Senior
Matt Izant - Senior
Emma Joslyn - Sophomore
Marten Lai - Sophomore
Christie Mead - Graduate
Ryan Meganck - Graduate
Dan Schwartz - Senior
Robbe Simon - Freshman
Brian Tashjian - Freshman
Teams Defeated: UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s, UC Davis
USTA.com: When did you discover that you had the talent to win as a team?
Our team has done well consistently in the past, and the players who have been on the team for multiple years have a good sense for how good we’ll be in a given year -- although it’s always tough to gauge how good our opponents will be, especially since former varsity players could pop up at any time and new freshmen/grad students arrive on campus every Fall.
USTA.com: How does your team unwind after a day of matches?
Our team’s standard procedure is to go to Chipotle after a day of matches. We probably go there at least once a week, in small groups, on the weekends. It's a nice break from also hitting the books, since tournaments eat up a lot of study/work time and we all tend to take very demanding course loads.
USTA.com: When you qualified for the National Championship, how did you celebrate?
We had a desserts and bonfire celebration one night to celebrate our progress. That said, we're keeping the larger goal of competing at Nationals in mind and we aren't letting up in our intensity.
USTA.com: Tell us a bit about how your school is unique?
Stanford is a very unique institution that brings in an extremely talented, diverse and interesting group of students, no matter what club you’re in. The club tennis team has members from around the world, spans disciplines from engineering to art, and across ages 18 to 30. We are extremely fortunate to have such great access to courts (six courts, three times per week for two hours at a time) and other tennis resources through Stanford tennis director and legendary coach Dick Gould, who supports us enormously.
Finally, Stanford students exhibit a great combination of intensity and competitiveness while still being relaxed and friendly. This helps us maintain a strong community and always keep tennis in perspective in our lives.
USTA.com: How does your team fundraise? Do you serve your local community in a meaningful way?
We get a lot of funds from Stanford Club Sports and The Stanford Fund. We also do other fundraisers and volunteer our time, such as working the "fast serve" booth at the Bank of the West Classic [Emirates Airline US Open Series] tournament held during the summer. Aligned with the rest of the USTA Northern California schools that have competed at tournaments this year, we proudly gathered and donated items for soldiers overseas for USTA Military Outreach.
USTA.com: If you were to list three specific things that need to happen in order to win a National Championship, they would be:
- Stay well rested, energized and focused.
- Have fun and enjoy the experience.
- Win every match.
USTA.com: How do you exhibit school spirit?
Our team loves wearing Stanford Club Tennis swag. We also are extremely proud of our school both academically and athletically.