by Nicole Oh | Staff Writer
Ian Fisher is a member of the 2018 Whitworth men’s tennis team. Fisher is from Caldwell, Idaho and is majoring in mathematical economics. Some of his hobbies include fishing, reading and spending time outdoors.
Fisher’s passion for tennis started when he was young.
“As a child I played with family and attended clinics, in addition to playing soccer and basketball,”Fisher said. “In high school I got more and more serious and during the summer of senior year decided I was going to continue and play for Whitworth.” This year marks Fisher’s fourth playing for the Pirates, and he is team captain.
One of Fisher’s favorite memories from the team is the trip during spring break. Every year during spring break the team alternates from competing in either California or Florida. Next week the team will travel to Los Angeles to compete against three other teams, including Chapman, Caltech, and Occidental.
“We not only get to play matches, but we get to hang out on the beach and overall it is a great time for team bonding and getting the opportunity to know the guys better” Fisher said.
One of Fisher’s most memorable matches was recently competing in doubles with junior Nick Hughes and winning in a tiebreaker against George Fox University.
Since he is the only senior on the team this year, Fisher has had a large impact on the young team. In terms of growth Fisher has improved in his “abilities to lead other, especially during times of lower team morale and being able to build up the underclassman,” he said. One of his goals is to “start a good foundation for future teams and shape how the freshman approach the team, and to start everyone off on a good path for future years,” he said.
Currently the Pirates are 1-3 with conference matches.
“This is one of my best seasons, especially in doubles with Hughes we have only lost once in conference play,” Fisher stated “[singles] it is tougher and the level of play from opponents has been high,” he said.With six out of seven members being underclassmen, there is “lots of good energy and it is just tons of fun to come out and play every day,” Fisher said.
The Pirates next matches will be on March 26 at Occidental at 5 p.m., March 27 at Caltech at 2 p.m.,and March 29 at Chapman at 5 p.m.