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Pop Culture in College Tennis

The end of April. This is one of the most intense periods on the college tennis calendar - with conference tournaments just wrapping up, and the national championships just on the horizon. (The NCAA Division I men's and women's tennis selection show is on ESPNews tonight at 5:20pm EDT - tune in!)

Marc Lucero provides a bit of comic relief. He keeps things light with a "pop culture grid" featuring a few prominent college tennis players who will play into May. Take a look at how they answered some very important questions...

 
Dylan Arnould
Duke

Hilary Bartlett
Princeton

Molly Scott
Dartmouth

Matt Tosches
SDSU
I can't go long without... trying to crack a body part ice cream food eating Chipotle
Our locker room is... repainted white very often much cleaner than my room where we tell all of our stories full of jocks
... never stops talking. Thomas Friedman my grandmother my dad the voice inside my head
It's embarassing but... I still get confused how to get around in my hometown I tell my dog everything I slip and fall almost every day when there is snow I [stink] at Guitar Hero
My cell phone is... probably going to give me cancer my fifth limb pink always on vibrate
The movie Twilight is... a movie I've never seen not overrated, unfortunately amazing - I saw it four times a crazy gothic chick flick
My favorite class is... Arabic "Good to be Shifty: American Swindlers and Imposters" Abnormal Psychology Mercedes Benz S-Class
My favorite show on TV is... South Park Lost Gossip Girl Dexter
 

About the players...

 

Dylan Arnould (photo courtesy of Duke Photography) is a junior at Duke University. He is from Northampton, Massachusetts, and was one of the top American recruits in his class as well as a former nationally ranked chess player. Arnould started the season by winning the Duke Invitational, and he holds a 12-5 singles record at the #2 and #3 positions, including a 7-2 record in conference play.

 

Hilary Bartlett (photo couretesy of Princeton Athletic Communications) is a freshman at Princeton University. Bartlett is from New York City and was the runner-up at the USTA Girls 16s National Championships as a junior player. Bartlett was ranked #25 in singles and #4 in doubles (with partner Taylor Marable) in the January 6th ITA spring rankings.

 

Molly Scott (photo by Mark Washburn) is a sophomore at Dartmouth University. Scott is from Coto de Caza, California and was a top 10 junior player in the Southern California section. Scott played #1 as a freshman at Dartmouth and is currently ranked #11 in the East Region.

 

Matthew Tosches (photo courtesy of SDSU Athletics) is a sophomore at San Diego State University. Tosches is from Murrieta, California and was instrumental in leading his high school team to the league title as a high school player. Tosches has achieved a great deal in the classroom as well as the court; after posting a 4.0 GPA he received San Diego State's prestigious Malik Award.

 

More Pop Culture from the ITA

Unbeknownst to us at TennisRecruiting.net, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association has been publishing it's own pop culture feature for the past couple of months. Make sure to check it out.

 

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About Marc Lucero

Marc Lucero is one of the founders of RAMP Tennis based in Carson, Calif.

Lucero is a former USTA Coach, working for USTA Player Development for four years. While with the USTA he was responsible for all aspects of the development of his assigned players. This included formulating developmental plans, planning/conducting daily practices, tournament scheduling, and coordinating fitness with the strength and conditioning staff. Lucero has coached Nicole Gibbs since 2010, and in 2012 Gibbs won the NCAA singles title and the Denver 50k Pro Circuit event, her first professional singles title at that level.

While with the USTA, Coach Lucero spent time assisting with many young pros, among them Sam Querrey and Ryan Harrison. He also traveled extensively to Regional Training Centers around the country, evaluating young players (ages 7-12), conducting regional camps, and teaching the USTA philosophy to parents and coaches. Prior to the USTA, Lucero was a traveling coach on the women's tour. Before that, he spent three years as the women's Assistant Coach at Princeton University.

He is USPTR certified and also holds USTA High Performance Coaching Education and USTA Sports Science certifications. Coach Lucero played Division I tennis at Boston College and graduated from the Carroll School of Management Honors Program with a degree in Economics.

 
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