The Randolph College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our WildCat of the Week. The 19th student-athlete selected for the year is tennis player Doug Corbett.
Team captain Corbett had a big week for the WildCats. He helped the team get two key Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) wins. On Friday, he dropped the number one doubles match in a heartbreaker, as him and Bradley Strober lost 9-8. However, he rebounded to take a tough, three-set win in singles action. Then on Sunday, Corbett and Strober won at number one, starting off a sweep of E&H. He was on pace to win in singles but the match was left unfinished due to weather.
You helped the WildCats get two big ODAC wins last weekend, going 2-1 in your matches and leading in a fourth that went unfinished. How do those wins help set you and the team up for the rest of the season?
Getting those two team wins were a must. It sets us up nicely because we are now back to .500 in the ODAC (where we've spent much of our time over my four years) and we have a few big matches coming up, starting with Virginia Wesleyan this Saturday. We appreciate any support! Six ODAC wins is our goal and will help us with our ODAC tournament goal of reaching the semis for the first time.
What have you gained from being a part of this program?
I have gained friends that I will always love and appreciate. They make practice a good time and I will miss all of them when this season and semester ends.
What is your favorite thing about Randolph College?
My favorite things about Randolph are the closeness of the student body, the pretty campus, and the proximity to home.
How has being a student-athlete affected you?
It has helped me learn better time management with the classes and tennis and this experience will help a lot when I hopefully become a head coach somewhere down the road.
What are your goals following graduation and how has being a part of this team and institution helped you so far?
To continue being a part of college tennis. I really love the atmosphere. I'm planning on becoming an assistant next year somewhere and later a head coach.