BW Racquetball Teams Tops in Tempe
The March 19-23 tourney at Arizona State University was the end to another successful season for Head Coach Tim Miller (Medina) and his team. In addition, Miller’s men’s team also won the Division II national title.
“We had a very gratifying season,” said veteran Head Coach Tim Miller, who also serves as the Director of Recreation Sports & Services at the University. “We had a good mix of seniors as well as a young group of freshmen and sophomores that combined to win the Ohio Racquetball Association Collegiate state title, the Mideast Racquetball Conference Championship and the USA Racquetball Intercollegiate National Championship.”
The title for Miller and the Yellow Jacket program was its 16th overall, including four Division I team crowns and 12 at the Division II level.
Balanced Group of National-level Players
“This year’s team was balanced and without our usual group of good, national-level players,” continued Miller. “It was great to work with student-athletes who are challenged at the highest level and must play against scholarship players from other Division I and II schools. Our student-athletes must work exceptionally hard to compete at this level, and more importantly still do well in the classroom.
“My top male player is Bobby Jarus, who is a senior from Rocky River, Ohio and Lutheran West High School, and wants to be a dentist,” said Miller, who also has coached on the national level with the USA Olympic Development Program and Team USA and is a past USA Intercollegiate Racquetball Coach of the Year. “My top female player is Kristen Szutkowski from Brunswick High School, and she wants to be a school teacher. Both are outstanding young people who are emblematic of the type of quality young person who we have at BW.”
Senior-Freshman Duo Staged Come-From-Behind Win for Men's Team
Jarus was the top point scorer for the men’s team. He combined with freshman Dillon Hayes (Dayton/ Fairborn) to win the title in number-two doubles and made it to the quarterfinals of the Men’s 3’s Gold Division in singles. He and Hayes, who also is a member of BW’s men’s golf team, won the No.2 doubles title in a furious battle against a duo from the University of South Florida. After dropping the first game, 15-2, the Yellow Jacket tandem came back to win the second game 15-4 and then defeated the USF pair 11-7 in the tie-breaker. Hayes also scored the second most team point by making it into the No.4 Gold Division singles quarterfinal.
In addition, senior, Peter Schmidt Sane (Gates Mills/ Gilmour Academy) won the bronze medal in the No.5 Red Division, junior David Levin (Olmsted Falls) won a pair of matches in the No.1 singles in the Gold Division, junior Brad Sevcik (Brunswick) placed fourth at No.6 singles in the Red Division and combined with Schmidt Sane to win two rounds in the Men’s No.3 doubles.
“Peter played what I consider the best match of his career against Brad Ross from Colorado State University and won convincingly, 15-0 and 15-2,” said Miller. “Levin, who is the son of BW Professor of Psychology, Chuck Levin, also played extremely well.”
Women's Team Captain Named USAR All American
Szutkowski, a senior and team captain, earned USAR All American status by virtue of her fourth place singles finish in the Women’s No. 3 Global Division. She also teamed with junior Nicole Fraley (North Ridgeville) in No.2 doubles of the women’s consolation bracket as they defeated a tandem from the University of Texas by the scores of 11-15, 15-0 and 11-6.
In addition, junior Kalli Holdash (Independence/ Garfield Heights Trinity) and junior Rebekah Holley (Brunswick) placed fifth in the Women’s No.3 doubles, freshman Stephanie Poutz (Brunswick) won the silver medal in Women’s No.1 White Division, Holdash placed fourth in Women’s No.2 singles Red Division, Holley placed sixth in the Women’s No.5 singles, and sophomore Jennifer Pease (Rocky River) placed fifth in women’s No.6 Gold Division.
“A number of the ladies played very well, and that was great to see,” said Miller. “Overall, both the men and women were balanced and successful. The bad news is that we lose some outstanding seniors, and the good news is that we have a majority of our student-athletes back again next season.”
BW Coach Builds Intercollegiate Powerhouse Club
Miller, who originated the Yellow Jacket program and has made it a powerhouse on the club and intercollegiate level, is grateful for his team’s success and wants to take time to credit the University.
“I love Baldwin Wallace University and its staff and students,” said Miller. “I am grateful to the administration for allowing me to coach and create a program that has become one of the best in the country. It is a privilege that I get to teach and coach such wonderful student-athletes.”
Posted March 2013