Pop Culture in College Tennis
by Marc Lucero, 28 April 2009
The end of April. This is one of the most intense periods on the college tennis calendar - with conference tournaments just wrapping up, and the national championships just on the horizon. (The NCAA Division I men's and women's tennis selection show is on ESPNews tonight at 5:20pm EDT - tune in!)
Marc Lucero provides a bit of comic relief. He keeps things light with a "pop culture grid" featuring a few prominent college tennis players who will play into May. Take a look at how they answered some very important questions...
| || |
|I can't go long without... ||trying to crack a body part ||ice cream ||food ||eating Chipotle |
|Our locker room is... ||repainted white very often ||much cleaner than my room ||where we tell all of our stories ||full of jocks |
|... never stops talking. ||Thomas Friedman ||my grandmother ||my dad ||the voice inside my head |
|It's embarassing but... ||I still get confused how to get around in my hometown ||I tell my dog everything ||I slip and fall almost every day when there is snow ||I [stink] at Guitar Hero |
|My cell phone is... ||probably going to give me cancer ||my fifth limb ||pink ||always on vibrate |
|The movie Twilight is... ||a movie I've never seen ||not overrated, unfortunately ||amazing - I saw it four times ||a crazy gothic chick flick |
|My favorite class is... ||Arabic ||"Good to be Shifty: American Swindlers and Imposters" ||Abnormal Psychology ||Mercedes Benz S-Class |
|My favorite show on TV is... ||South Park ||Lost ||Gossip Girl ||Dexter |
About the players...
Dylan Arnould (photo courtesy of Duke Photography) is a junior at Duke University. He is from Northampton, Massachusetts, and was one of the top American recruits in his class as well as a former nationally ranked chess player. Arnould started the season by winning the Duke Invitational, and he holds a 12-5 singles record at the #2 and #3 positions, including a 7-2 record in conference play.
Hilary Bartlett (photo couretesy of Princeton Athletic Communications) is a freshman at Princeton University. Bartlett is from New York City and was the runner-up at the USTA Girls 16s National Championships as a junior player. Bartlett was ranked #25 in singles and #4 in doubles (with partner Taylor Marable) in the January 6th ITA spring rankings.
Molly Scott (photo by Mark Washburn) is a sophomore at Dartmouth University. Scott is from Coto de Caza, California and was a top 10 junior player in the Southern California section. Scott played #1 as a freshman at Dartmouth and is currently ranked #11 in the East Region.
Matthew Tosches (photo courtesy of SDSU Athletics) is a sophomore at San Diego State University. Tosches is from Murrieta, California and was instrumental in leading his high school team to the league title as a high school player. Tosches has achieved a great deal in the classroom as well as the court; after posting a 4.0 GPA he received San Diego State's prestigious Malik Award.
More Pop Culture from the ITA
Unbeknownst to us at TennisRecruiting.net, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association has been publishing it's own pop culture feature for the past couple of months. Make sure to check it out.
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About Marc Lucero
Marc Lucero is an experienced tennis player and coach at the college
Lucero served as assistant coach to Princeton University women's
tennis team from 2004-2007.
Prior to his time at Princeton, Lucero lived in San Diego, Calif.,
where he worked with high school players at the University of San
Diego High School, top local juniors, and professionals. More
recently, he has also served as a practice partner for multiple top 20
Lucero is a 2002 graduate of
where he was captain of the men's tennis team. During his career,
Lucero led the Eagles in total victories and was a three-time
member of the Big East Academic All-Star Team.
Lucero currently is based in San Diego, Calif.