Chowan's Tennis Coach Enjoys Summer Tournament Wins
MURFREESBORO- Director of Tennis, Christian Stambaugh has had a busy and successful summer staying on top of his tennis game. Stambaugh was recently crowned champion of the Peninsula Tennis Memorial Day Classic in Newport News, and the Harrisonburg Tennis Patrons Tournament.
Stambaugh claimed the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles title at the Peninsula Tennis Memorial Day Classic. He defeated Sonny Dearth in the finals by a score of 2-6, 6-3, and 10-3. “The win against Dearth really kick-started my summer. It was a hard fought match. Dearth is one of the best players around the Hampton Roads area,” stated Stambaugh.
En route to winning the Harrisonburg Tennis Patrons tournament, Stambaugh defeated Wray Sherman, whom he coached at Shepherd University from 2002-2005. He teamed up with Holly Egnor, a former tennis pupil, in order to capture the mixed doubles crown.
“This has been one of my best summers as far as playing tennis. It's nice to win all these tournaments lately. I am very competitive and I just love going out on the court and giving it my best shot,” he added.
Stambaugh's future competition plans for the summer include a tournament in Edenton on August 3rd and 4th.
At Chowan, Stambaugh coaches both the men and women's tennis teams. Under his leadership, the program had three All-CIAA team members this past season; Natalya Kamenshchikova (from the women's team), Adam Moneypenny and Bjorn Blythe (from the men's team). Kamenshchikova was also named CIAA Rookie of the Year. CU standout Inesa Asatryan was named All-CIAA and Rookie of the Year during her freshman campaign under Stambaugh's leadership.
The women's team finished the 2012 season 13-16 overall, and 11-4 in CIAA play. The men finished up the year 13-8 overall, and 10-6 in the CIAA. Additionally, 2012 marked the first time that Chowan had All-CIAA players on the men's tennis side since they came into the league in 2009.