CARY, NC – Williams College men’s tennis junior standout Bryan Chow (Schenectady, NY/Niskayuna HS) has been named the winner of the prestigious NCAA Elite 89 Award at the 2012 NCAA Division III Tennis Championships.
This marks the second straight year that Chow has been honored with the Elite 89 Award at the NCAA Division III Championships.
The ELITE 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highestacademic standard among his or her peers competing at the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships.
Student-athlete is at least a sophomore in academic and athletics standing, and in at least his or her second year of competition (in any sport) at his or her current institution.
Student-athlete is an active member on the roster and a member of the designated squad size for the championship site.
Williams has now won five NCAA Elite 89 awards in the three-year history of the honor.
Chow is a pre-med double major, majoring in biology and classics. He has compiled a 3.95 GPA to date, earning Academic All-NESCAC honors two straight years and achieving Dean’s List (min. GPA 3.5) status each semester.
This season Chow has teamed with junior Trey Meyer at number one doubles and he also plays at number 5 singles for the 18-2 Ephs. In 2012 Chow earned First Team All-NESCAC honors in doubles after earning Second Team laurels in 2011.
Last fall the Chow/Meyer tandem won the ITA Northeast Region title and advanced to the ITA National Small College Championships where they won the NCAA Division III title. They finished second overall when they lost to the top team in NCAA Division II. Their success resulted in both of them earning All-America honors, as well as an appearance in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd.
After the conclusion of the NCAA Team Tournament where the Ephs will play tomorrow versus undefeated Emory in the semifinals, Chow and Meyer will stay on to compete in the NCAA Doubles Tournament.
Eph head coach Dan Greenberg says of Chow, “Bryan is a very hard worker who is equally focused on his academics and his tennis. He often comes early to practice for individual work. I’m pretty darn proud of him.”
From the Williams College Men’s tennis web page.
Since 1978, the Williams College Men’s Tennis Team has had 29 Division 3 All Americans including current Head Coach Dan Greenberg and current Assistant Coach Nick Lebedov. Add the name Bryan Chow (Niskayuna – Class of 2009) to that list. Bryan and his partner Trey Meyer earned All American honors in 2011 for their doubles skills as they captured the USTA/ITA National Small College NCAA Div. III Doubles title. Bryan is a Junior at Williams College. Since our last update Williams has gone 8-3. Williams won their second round NCAA match against Drew 5-0 and then beat MIT 5-0. MIT is coached by former Shaker standout Dave Hagymas. Next up was a win over Bowdoin and then last years winner Emory. Emory won 5-4 over Williams. Emory was #2 in the country, Williams was #3. Williams won the third place playoff over Washington University (Mo.). Bryan played most of the season at #5 singles and #1 doubles with Trey Meyer. Chow and Meyer were the #1 ranked doubles team for Division 3 throughout the season and were a sure win for the Ephs. Bryan was 12-3 going into the NCAA Championships. He won at MIT and Bowdoin, lost to Emory. Bryan is going into his senior year so he will be back for another season. Bryan and Trey Meyer competed in the NCAA Division 3 Championship tournament, starting May 24th. I do not have any results from that event.
Christine Cary (Ravena) played #3 singles for the Golden Flyers of Nazareth College. Her singles record, as a freshman, was 9-8. In her team’s last win of the season - against RIT Christine came through with a much needed win in singles 6-1, 6-2 over Kristen Rice. In doubles, Christine paired with Cara Yinger. The pair had a 9-12 record for the school year.
Ryan Schmitz played singles in 7 matches for the Stony Brook Seawolves. He played mostly at #6 singles. His singles record was 1-6 in dual matches and he went to the second round in his lone fall tournament. In doubles, Ryan was 1-3 in dual matches and 0-1 in tournament matches.
Sara Bjork played mostly at #2 singles for RIT. Her lone win came at Bryn Mawr College where she beat Vivian Chen 6-2, 6-1. In doubles her record was 7-6. Sara played mostly at #1 doubles. The team had a 4-11 record for the year. Sara is a sophomore majoring in industrial engineering.
Williams College is #3 in the country. By the end of the year they may be #1 in the country. So far this year, Williams is 11-0. Middlebury is ranked 7th in the country. What better time to feature Bryan Chow (Williams) and Derrick Angle (Middlebury) than on the day that these two teams played. For the record, Williams won 7-2 including a win at #1 doubles for D3 Champions Bran Chow and Trey Meyer.
“Williams picked up two of the three doubles matches behind strong play from their top two pairs. Bryan Chow and Trey Meyer won their pro-set 8-2 at number one, and Felix Sun and Matt Micheli took their’s 8-3.
Looking to continue the momentum into singles play, Williams got a quick win at number two from Felix Sun. Middlebury then grabbed the number three match, but Williams rebounded with straight set wins from Will Petrie and Bryan Chow shortly after.”
Although Williams won 7-2 it was not a bad day for Derrick Angle. The two lone wins for the Panthers were #3 singles- Derrick Angle – a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Matt Michelli and #3 doubles where Derrick teamed with Alec Parower for an 8-4 win. Bryan played 5th singles and won 6-3, 6-3. In the previous match against Trinity College (Connecticut) Bryan won his singles, but lost his doubles. Against Skidmore he was a winner in both the singles and the doubles. On the Spring Break trip to California Bryan went 5-0 in singles and 3-2 in doubles.
Middlebury is 10-3 at this point. Derrick had wins in his previous two matches before today’s Williams match – against Bates and Brandeis. At Bates he beat Matt Bettles – #22 in the country by a score of 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2. Derrick’s record is in dual matches is 5-3. Most of those wins came at #2 singles. Next up is Bowdoin tomorrow at 2:00. Next weekend they play M.I.T. and Amherst. In doubles, Derrick and Alec Parower are 5-4 and they are ranked 13th.
Bryan Chow and Richard Meyer Win First Match in NCAA Super Bowl
MOBILE, AL––Bryan Chow and Richard Meyer beat NAIA champions Adrian Bayh and Patrick Besch of Embry-Riddle in their first match of the NCAA Super Bowl. The Super Bowl bracket is comprised of the winners of each division participating in the tournament, including Division II, Division III, NAIA, and Junior College.
Head Coach Dan Greenberg said “Trey and Bryan played a great match. They capitalized on every opportunity they had early and late, and it made all the difference.”
Chow and Meyer Finish Second in USTA/ITA Super Bowl
A few years ago, I remember walking into Central Park for Boys Sectionals and one of the first things I saw was Matt Kandath, Derrick Angle and Bryan Chow walking together. Of course, one of the last things I saw that year was Bryan Chow, Derrick Angle and Matt Kandath because they were the top three players in the area. During their High School careers they represented the area well at states with Matt winning singles at states twice which I was lucky enough to see as both a spectator and as his high school coach. Derrick was able to win the backdraw, after getting a tough first round matchup. He followed up in his senior year with a good run in the main draw. Bryan teamed with Chris Frost to make it to the semi finals in doubles in one of the craziest years at states. Rain caused the matches to be backed up so much that they did not play the first day and the doubles teams had to leave for their matches on the second day at 5:00 in the morning. These players are now playing college tennis. Derrick and Chris are playing at Middlebury College in Vermont, Bryan is playing at Williams College in Massachusetts and Matt is at Stanford.
We start our update at Middlebury College. Chris Frost is an incoming Freshman, while Derrick is a Senior. Last year Middlebury was ranked as high as #1 in the country. They finished they year ranked #9 nationally and #3 in the Northeast – in Division III. Derrick was tied for 30th in singles in the Northeast and, along with partner Michael Malhame of Douglaston, NY 16th in doubles. The season started with the Middlebury Invitational. Derrick played in the “A” Flight and started out with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Skidmore’s Luke Granger. Next up was fellow Middlebury Panther Brantner Jones. Branter won 6-4, 3-6, 10-8. Chris Frost was the #2 seed in the “D” Flight. He had a first round bye which he followed up with a second round win over Max Bevan of Skidmore (3-6, 6-4, 10-6). Then it was a 6-0, 6-2 win over Dylan Reffe of Bates before losing 4-6, 6-2, 10-8 in the finals to David Myers of Trinity.In the “A” Flight doubles Derrick teamed with Alec Parrower. They had wins over Jimmy Newton and David Anderson of Ithaca (8-1); Matt Bettles and Timmy Berg of Bates (8-6); Jimmy Sherpa and Alec Hoblitzell of Skidmore (8-6) before losing in the finals to teammates Andrew Lebovitz and Brantner Jones 8-2. Chris Frost teamed with Peter Heidrich in the “B” Flight doubles. They lost Gabe Steerman and Danny Knight of Skidmore 8-5. In the ITA Regionals at Williams College Derrick again drew a seed, but this time it was the top seed Felix Sun of Williams. Sun won 6-3, 6-3. In the doubles, Angle and Parrower started out with an 8-3 win over Danny Sharon & Ned Terrace of Wheaton. They took out Will Petrie and Kevin Shallcross of Williams 8-6 next and Matt Caroll / Jack Bryant of Colby Sawyer 8-3. Then they lost again to Felix Sun and partner Matt Michelli.
The ITA Regional doubles was won by Bryan Chow and Williams teammate Trey Meyer. They beat Jonathan Cypers and Justin Reindell of Amherst 8-2; Blake Maurer and Chris Hoffman of the United States Coast Guard Academy 8-6; Matt Bettles and Timmy Berg of Bates 8-6; Andrew Lebovitz and Brantner Jones of Middlebury – the top seeds – by a score of 8-2 and in the finals – Sun and Michelli 8-4. The 5-8 seeds were block seeded (they are all ranked 5-8 instead of one being 5, one being 6, etc). Angle/Parrower & Bettles/Berg were seeded 5-8. Chow and Meyer were seeded 4th. In the singles, Bryan played Ben Barad of Tufts in the first round and came away with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Jugal Marfatia of Trinity was Bryan’s next victim. Bryan won that match 6-3, 6-1. He lost in the third round to a 9-16 seed – Timmy Berg of Bates – by a 7-6 (2), 6-4 score. Williams also played two matches beating MIT and Wesleyan both by 8-1 scores. In the MIT match Bryan played at #4 and beat Larry Pang 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and in doubles he paired with Richard Meyer for a 8-3 win over Matthew Skalak and Edwin Zhang. In the Wesleyan match Bryan beat Alex Hirsch 6-2, 6-1 and teamed with Meyer again to beat Jeff Legunn and Stephen Monk 8-1. Next up is next weekends Dartmouth Shootout.
Out west, Stanford is coming off a season that saw them ranked #7 in Division I at year end. The Stanford season starts Monday with the ITA All American Championships, then moves on to the Battle of the Bay Classic the following week, followed by the ITA Northwest Regional Championships. Check back for results. We will be doing a Kandath College Tennis update soon featuring Matt Kandath (Stanford Men’s tennis) and Sarah Kandath (Brown University Women’s tennis).