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Steve Stein
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Andrew Cahn

t hasn't taken long for Andrew Calm
to make an impact on the Western
Michigan University men's tennis team.
The freshman from West Bloomfield High
went 10-7 this fall in singles matches. That
was the most singles wins on his team.
Coach Dave Morin was impressed.
"I could tell when I was recruiting
Andrew that he'd be a
good college player. So
far, he's been all that and
more he said.
"He's very coachable.
He takes what he learns
on the practice court
and uses it on the match
court. He's smart, he's
Andrew Cahn
a hard worker and he's
competitive. He's going
to be a mainstay here for four years."
Cahn said the fast start surprised him a
little.
"I was confident I'd do well, but I didn't

think I'd do this well; he said.
Bringing Cahn to WMU was a recruiting
coup for Morin because Cahn was named
Mr. Tennis last fall by the Michigan High
School Tennis Coaches' Association.
He went 21-2 at No. 1 singles for West
Bloomfield and finished second in the
Michigan High School Athletic Association
Division 1 state tournament.
His only losses — in his first and fmal
matches of the season — were to Northville's
Tyler Gardiner, a highly ranked United
States Tennis Association junior player.
Morin said Calm is doing well off the
court at WMU, both in the classroom and
making the adjustment to living on his own.
"It can be a tough transition from
high school to college the coach said.
"Suddenly, you have to make many more
decisions. There's a lot more freedom.
That's why we try to keep our program

structured as much as we can:"
College tennis players compete in tourna-
ments in the fall. No team scores are kept.
In the spring, players compete in singles and
doubles flights for their team. Morin sees
Cahn occupying the No. 4 or No. 5 spot in
the Broncos' six-player singles lineup.
"But he could move up, of course he said.
There's a chance Cahn also could be in
WMU's doubles lineup. Cahn went 2-8 in
doubles this fall, but Morin said the record
is misleading because the Broncos' doubles
teams struggled as the coach tried to fmd
the right combinations.
"Andrew has the winning mentality
and the weapons to play well in doubles:'
Morin said.
So does Cahn prefer to play singles or
doubles?
"I have more fun playing doubles, but
I'm better at singles right now, so I don't
know:' he said.
WMU is a power in Mid-American
Conference men's tennis. The Broncos have
won six of the last seven MAC tournaments
— they lost in the semifinals to Ball State
in 2011 — and they've won four conference
regular-season titles during the stretch.
Morin is confident Cahn will impress
MAC coaches in the spring. So much so that
he feels Cahn could be a candidate for all-

conference honors.
Cahn's career record at West Bloomfield
was 87-14. He played No. 2 singles as a
freshman and sophomore, and No. 1 singles
as a junior and senior.
He was named to the Division 1 All-
State Team by the Coaches' Association as
a junior and senior, and he played in the
MHSAA state tournament three times,
losing in the semifinals as a freshman and
junior.
Back in 2008, before Cahn's fresh-
man season at West Bloomfield, he won
a gold medal in tennis in the U14 Boys
Competitive White Division at the JCC
Maccabi Games held in the Detroit area.
He won all eight matches he played in
straight sets.

Mr. 800

Congratulations to Dave Shanbaum of the
B'nai B'rith Eddie Jacobson League for
achieving a bowling rarity, an 800 series.
He rolled 276-257-289--813 on Oct. 29 at
Country Lanes in Farmington Hills.
It was the third 800 series of his career,
and the second-highest series in league
history.



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