After over a decade-long absence, Hargrave Tennis returned to Fork Union Military Academy to face off against their Junior Prep squad. As an individual sport, a "scrimmage" at whatever level is often an adventure. Not only is there usual discovery of an opponent's talents and vulnerabilities, but the league or level on paper often does not correspond to the level of play seen on the courts! With 3 Tigers out of action, the outcome was anything but predictable.
Tiger wins were logged at #1 Singles (David Kiesnowski, Appleton, WI), #2 Singles (Luke Atkins, Raleigh, NC), #1 Doubles (Kiesnowski and Max Eskew, Wilmington, NC) - shortened due to time issues, and #3 Doubles (David Chen, Chiang Mai, Thailand and Mason Rucker, Matthews, NC).
Highlights include great matches at #1 Singles, #3 Singles, and #2 Doubles. At #1, HMA team co-captain Kiesnowski and Tyler Ackenbom battled along for 100 minutes (1:40). Both had similar playing styles, able to mix up solid groundstrokes, service, and net play. Kiesnowski slowly ground out a 4-1 lead in the same time that other singles matches had finished. Ackenbom came back to tie it up at 5-5. From there to 7-7, the battle continued with neither player losing serve despite the opponent contesting each game to deuce. With 90 minutes ticking over (and one of the second round of doubles matches completed!), Kiesnowski began what was to be the final 10 minute push to first break his opponent's serve and then hold his serve to finish out the match 9-7.
At #3 Singles and #2 Doubles, two Tiger heartbreakers were recorded. At #3 Singles Sebastian Richardson (Charlotte, NC) settled in for what looked to be a seesaw battle. The score slowly ratcheted up with Blue Devil K. Nguyen not relinquishing his one game lead until Richardson pulled even at 7-7. Two long games later, they were tied at 8-8 and the match moved to the tiebreaker format. The grinding continued with neither player wanting to go home without the victory. In the end, Richardson fell 8-9 (5-7). At #2 Doubles, Atkins fresh from a 8-1 victory on the singles side teamed up with Aidan Steinbach (Durham, NC) looking to recover from his singles loss. They faced two Blue Devils that had similarly split their respective singles matches. The Tigers pounced out to a 5-3 lead. The tide turned as FUMA's Williamson's confidence returned with a vengeance. Under the new pressure, the Tigers continued to battle, but the lead was slowly whittled down and when the dust settled, the Blue Devils were on top 7-9.
Again, the courts were used when available to give several players the opportunity to gain court experience in a venue away from the friendly confines of the Landon Tennis Center. Mason Rucker, Conner Henretta (Roanoke, VA), Tyler Medin (Chatham, VA), John Paul Kapp (Chatham, VA), Eryk King (Chatham, VA), and David Mueller (Miami, FL) were in exhibition matches.
Based on his determination, grit, and continued team leadership throughout a long afternoon, it is easy to name David Kiesnowski the HMA "Man of the Match"!
Dr. Jimmy Tung, Ph.D., was named the Academic Dean of Hargrave in August of 2017. He has been the Director of the Center for Integrated Studies (Grade 7-9 program) and Director of Summer Programs since his return to Hargrave in 2011. Between 1997 and 2008, Dr. Tung has held the positions of Science Department Chair, Director of Summer Programs and Faculty member. He has taught courses in chemistry, physical science, astronomy, middle school math, pre-algebra, and engineering science. He has coached or advised Middle School soccer, JV baseball, JV/Varsity tennis, and the photography club.
Dr. Tung’s training includes a Bachelor’s of Science (chemistry, pre-med studies) from Truman State University and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College (physical chemistry). He has continued his training in education and management through the Virginia Association of Independent School (VAIS), AdvancEd, University of Virginia, and Georgia Tech. He has been awarded two professional fellowships in education: the Lankford (Hargrave-sponsored) to investigate college freshman student weaknesses and develop technology-enhanced science classrooms, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Leadership Program for Teachers’ Environmental Science Institute (Princeton/Rutgers) to study teaching global climate change models to secondary-level students. His teaching awards include the Wolfenden Prize (Dartmouth), the E.A. Floyd Award (Hargrave), and the Outstanding Active Educator (Hargrave).
He is currently an adjunct instructor (chemistry) at Richard Bland College of William and Mary. His other professional experience includes South Piedmont Community College (faculty), Virginia Tech Office of Special Programs (research professor), the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR, research scientist), and adjunct faculty positions at Liberty University, Averett University, Danville Community College, and Radford University.
Outside of classroom endeavors, Dr. Tung has published articles in the fields of experimental gas phase kinetics and characterizing and processing composite polymeric materials, given presentations on educational technology and at faculty training workshops. He is currently on the executive committee of the Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society and served as a judge at junior/high school science fairs and undergraduate research competitions sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Science. He been a contributing reviewer for two current university chemistry textbooks, and for Science Books and Films (American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS). He has visited several VAIS member schools as part of their accreditation process.
Dr. Tung married his wife Cynthia shortly after graduate school. They are blessed with two children. He enjoys hiking, tennis, and photography. He is a member of Cornerstone Church of Christ in Chatham, Virginia.
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