Whitman Athlete of the Week: Justin Hayashi

Andy Jobanek

Each week, the sports staff will pick one Whitman athlete who performed exceptionally during the previous weekend. The distinction will be judged both on the individual’s performance and his or her impact on the team.

Senior Justin Hayashi has spent four years on the most successful team on the Whitman campus, accumulating a 68-3 record in conference games. Over that time, Hayashi was part of two conference championship teams and two runner-up finishes.

However, Hayashi has not had a more successful individual season than this past one. Hayashi and doubles partner, junior Dan Wilson, improved their season doubles record to 21-2, including a perfect 11-0 record in conference.

Most recently, Hayashi and Wilson upset the top seed 8-2 from UC Santa Cruz in the quarterfinals of the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament over April 24-25. The Whitman men’s tennis team will face the six time national champion UCSC Banana Slugs in the Division III national championships this coming weekend. Hayashi and Wilson’s success in doubles will be key to the team’s chances at advancing in the national tournament.