Friday, 08 February 2019 06:30

What to Watch This Weekend; Oklahoma State Nips Northwestern 4-2; Bid Goswami To Retire After 37 Years

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It's Friday which means we have another action packed weekend of tennis upon us. The big event on the women's side is the ITA National Team Indoors in Seattle. There has already been a change to Friday's schedule with 4 to 6 inches of snow in the forecast. The opening matches will be moved up from 9 am to 8 am pacific, the second pair of matches which were originally scheduled for 12 noon will start at 10 am, the third pair of matches were moved up from 3 pm to 12 pm, and the final matches were moved up from 6:30pm to 2pm. All matches on Friday will start with singles with doubles only being played if the match is tied at 3-3. All the updated match times are available on my live scoring page and over on Slam.Tennis. According to this release from the University of Washington, all of Saturday's matches have been cancelled however I've yet to see any confirmation of this from the ITA. (Update: there will be no tennis played on Saturday at the University of Washington - there may be a limited number of matches played at the Seattle Tennis Club however that decision will be made later on Friday)

There are also going to be plenty of good matches this weekend on the men's side. Some of the more intriguing matches on Friday are #1 Wake Forest at #13 Virginia (will be a non-conference match), #10 Stanford visits #5 USC, and #2 Ohio State hosts Arizona State,  On Saturday #3 Mississippi State will play #19 Tulane in a neutral site match in Lubbock, Stanford will close out its LA road trip at #7 UCLA, #14 Illinois will host #8 North Carolina, and #17 Tennessee and Duke will meet in Lake Nona in a match to be carried live by the Tennis Channel. To close out the weekend on Sunday, #2 Ohio State will host #24 Georgia, #1 Wake Forest hosts #9 Baylor, and #15 TCU welcomes in #4 Florida. To follow all of these matches check out my live scoring page which also has links to several other matches. 

In one of the few matches to be played on Thursday, Oklahoma State picked up a 4-2 win on the road over Northwestern. The Cowboys, which were playing without one of its top players Artur Dubinski, won a close doubles point and then added five opening sets in singles.  Mathieu Scaglia made it 2-0 with a straight set win at No. 4 but Northwestern evened it up with a straight set win from Trice Pickens at No. 5 and a three-set win from Dominik Stary at No. 2. Oklahoma State retook the lead with a three-set win from Matej Vocel at No. 1 and freshman Emile Hudd provided the clincher with a 6-3, 7-6 win at No. 6. 

Oklahoma State will be back in action on Saturday at Wisconsin while Northwestern hosts Harvard on Saturday and Purdue on Sunday. 

Oklahoma State 4, Northwestern 2
Feb. 7, 2019 | Combe Tennis Center | Evanston, Ill.
Doubles (Order of finish: 2,3)
1. Matej Vocel/Maxim Tybar (OSU) vs. Nick Brookes/Simen Bratholm (NU) 6-6
2. Emile Hudd/Luke Hammond (OSU) def. Dominik Stary/Chris Ephron (NU) 6-3
3. Brady Draheim/Mathieu Scaglia (OSU) def. Antonioni Fasano/Trice Pickens (NU) 7-6
Singles (Order of Finish: 3,5,2,1,6)
1. Matej Vocel (OSU) def. Nick Brookes (NU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
2. Dominik Stary (NU) def. Maxim Tybar (OSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. Mathieu Scaglia (OSU) def. Antonioni Fasano (NU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Simen Bratholm (NU) def. Luke Hammond (OSU) 3-6, 6-3, 5-4
5. Trice Pickens (NU) def. Brady Draheim (OSU) 7-5, 6-4
6. Emile Hudd (OSU) def. Jason Seidman (NU) 6-3, 7-6

 

Columbia men's head coach Bid Goswami announced on Thursday that after this season he will be retiring and thus ending an illustrious 37-year stint as men's head coach. Goswami has led the Lions to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, 4 ITA Indoor Sweet 16 appearances, and racked up an astonishing 493 dual-match wins. Howard Endelman, who has been the associate head coach for the past nine seasons, will take over as head coach. Endelman played at Columbia under Goswami from 1984 to 1987 and was inducted into the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. 

A full list of Goswami's accolades along with a few quotes from Columbia's write-up and a message from Goswami himself are listed below.

"Bid Goswami is synonymous with Columbia University and Columbia men's tennis," Columbia Athletics Director Peter Pilling said. "He is a genuine, humble leader who has always been focused on helping his student-athletes achieve more than they ever thought they were capable of accomplishing both on and off the court. To compete consistently on a national level while displaying the highest level of academic success is truly remarkable. We owe him a heartfelt thank you for his lifetime contributions to our tennis program."

"As a member of Bid's first recruiting class, it has been an honor to play for, work with and now succeed a true legend, mentor and close friend," said Endelman. "To borrow one of Bid's favorite phrases, he has left his 'footprints in the sands of time' at Columbia by impacting the lives of so many of us in such a meaningful, significant and special way." 

GOSWAMI BY THE NUMBERS
3 – NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Appearances (2014, 2015, 2018)
4 – ITA Indoor Team Championship Sweet 16 Appearances (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
4 – All-American honors (Jeff Chiang – 1990; Oscar Chow – 2003; Winston Lin – 2014-15)
4 – Ivy League Rookies of the Year (Jonathan Wong – 2007; Haig Schneiderman – 2009; Winston Lin – 2012; Dragos Ignat – 2013)
5 – Highest ITA Team Ranking (Feb. 27, 2018)
6 – Ivy League Players of the Year (Phil Williamson – 1987; Salil Seshadri – 1998; Oscar Chow – 2003; Winston Lin – 2014; Shawn Hadavi – 2016; Victor Pham –2018)
13 – Ivy League Championships (1984, 1987, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
13 – NCAA Tournament Appearances
37 – Seasons at Columbia
46 – All-Ivy League Doubles Players
69 – All-Ivy League Singles Players
493-196 – Career dual record

A MESSAGE FROM BID GOSWAMI
It has been my absolute privilege and honor to serve as Columbia University’s men’s tennis coach these last 37 years. Seems like only yesterday when I was introduced as the new head coach at
the Remmer Boat House. I guess time really flies when you are having fun. I was so excited when Al Paul offered me the job, considering myself so very fortunate since I had no college coaching
experience and never played college tennis in the United States.
 
I very clearly remember the late Al Paul taking me aside that first week, explaining the significance of developing meaningful relationships with a wide circle of student athletes,
parents, recruits, friends of the program and alums, along with the various departments of the university. I took his advice very diligently and I am proud to say my life and career have been
enriched immensely, many, many times over by individuals too many to count. 

As I reflect, the most rewarding part of this job is to know that all our players have moved on in life to become successful human beings. It is always very exciting to see them come back,
support our program and call Columbia tennis their extended family. A coach’s job is always to help develop people as individuals apart from coaching their sport. Tennis is a fantastic sport to
teach life’s lessons. I hope I made a little difference to each one of my players. I humbly must say that I learned much more from them in return.

I am grateful to the four superb athletic directors I served. Each one of them taught me a lot. I would be remiss not to mention and thank my assistant coaches: Jon Venison, Amin Khalaf
(20 years), Patric Westoo (10 years) and Howard Endelman, along with my volunteer assistants Zack Gallin, Bogdan Borta, Quentin Monaghan and Haig Schneiderman. Every one of these men
brought talent and support to the program and helped cast me as a better coach and person.

I will always be indebted to Philip Milstein, the best friend of Columbia tennis. His remarkable friendship, loyalty, care and support of our program I will always admire and cherish.

I am confident our program is in a very healthy and strong position now, so it feels this is the perfect time for me to retire. Life often moves in circles. How apropos then – and most exciting
for me – that my very first recruit Howard Endelman will take over the helm for Lions tennis. His love and passion for Columbia and his knowledge of the game are unmatched. Howard will keep
our program exciting and strong for many years to come. I cannot think of a better person to lead Columbia tennis.

Thank you all for a memorable 37 years. You will never know how grateful I am.

Keep roaring…
Bid Goswami

 

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