Donald Van Velzer
Donald Van Velzer

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Montgomery, Texas

High School:
Home Educated



04/21/2012

Men's Tennis Rebounds With 5-2 Win Over BU

Black Knights eye season finale against Marist on Monday.

04/19/2012

Men's Tennis Hosting Boston University For Saturday's Senior Day

Black Knights to play Terriers in final home match of the season.

02/12/2012

Men's Tennis Scores Pair of Wins on Sunday

Black Knights complete weekend sweep with wins over Connecticut and Vassar.

02/11/2012

Van Velzer Clinches In Three Sets For Black Knights' First Win

Freshman lifts Army to 4-3 win over Stony Brook.

01/28/2012

Men's Tennis Falls to Fairfield 4-3 in Season Opener

Stags sweep doubles to edge Black Knights

"Experience, maturity, plus a big serve and big forehand will win Donald a lot of matches this year."
-Head Coach Jim Poling

2010-11: Missed most of the fall season but posted a 3-1 doubles record at the Cornell Invite Oct. 29-31, teaming with Alex Holland ... defeated pairs from Navy, Cornell and Fairleigh Dickinson in the A Flight ... went 4-9 in dual match singles play and 7-8 in doubles ... defeated two Patriot League singles opponents - Lehigh's Matt Savran, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3, and Bucknell's Evan Zimmer, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 3 in the Patriot League semifinals ... teamed with Henry Jang-Milsten at No. 2 for the first four dual matches, posting a 3-1 record, including a 9-8 win against Air Force ... played the remainder of the season alongside Tripp Johnson at No. 1, owning a 3-8 record ... earned back-to-back doubles wins against Boston University (April 2) and Bucknell (April 4).

2009-10: Struggled in the fall season but turned it around in the spring ... was 0-8 in doubles play and 3-6 in singles matches in the fall season, but 6-2 in doubles and 6-5 in singles in the spring ... after losing opening match of the spring season, won three straight at No. 2 singles ... opened the spring season with five straight doubles wins, paired with five different partners ... did not drop a doubles match in until the final match of the regular season on April 21 vs. Marist ... closed the year with a pair of victories in the Patriot League Championship match against Navy, winning at No. 3 doubles 8-4 alongside Tripp Johnson before winning at third singles 6-4, 6-1.

2008-09: Patriot League Rookie of the Year ... finished fall with 3-5 singles record ... tied for team lead with 11 singles wins in the spring ... first spring win came after Calvin Bennett of Yale retired early in the first set ... earned crucial points with 7-6 second set wins at No. 4 singles over Fairleigh Dickinson and Monmouth to earn Army's first two victories ... went undefeated in doubles play during weekend against Villanova (at No. 3, paired with Sean Harris), FDU (at No. 2 with Phil Muhawi) and Monmouth (No. 2 with Muhawi) ... had four-match winning streak with wins over St. Leo (at No. 5), Eckerd (No. 3), Hofstra (No. 4) and Lehigh (No. 4) ... was dominant at No. 4 with win over Lafayette ... closed regular season with win at No. 4 at Bucknell ... lost just one game in first two rounds of Patriot League tournament ... won at No. 4 vs. Lafayette 6-0, 6-0 ... won at No. 5 vs. Colgate 6-1, 6-0 ... was 11-5 when paired with Sean Harris in doubles ... duo earned wins against Patriot League opponents Lehigh, Lafayette and Bucknell during regular season ... pair rebounded from 8-3 loss to Colgate at No. 3 doubles to win 8-3 at No. 3 in Patriot League semifinals.

Personal: Son of Don and Patricia Van Velzer ... younger brother Alex ... paternal grandfather served as a captain in the Air Force and as a doctor ... maternal grandfather enlisted in Navy ... maternal uncle enlisted in Marines ... was home schooled and personally coached by Nikolay Gantchev ... major is engineering management.

Van Velzer's Career Records

SINGLES

DOUBLES

Year

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

2008-09

3-5

11-13

4-6

15-10

2009-10

3-6

6-5

0-8

6-2

2010-11

1-3

4-12

3-1

7-11

TOTAL

7-14

21-30

7-15

28-23

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