Often times a lot of pressure is put on a team captain. These student-athletes are expected to not only lead their teammates in the game, but to also handle team problems, give support and excel in what they do. For the men's tennis team, senior David Lynn has been one of those leaders for the past two years.
A Michigan native, Lynn made his trek to Penn after a successful high school career. As a four-time Michigan All-State selection, Lynn played in four state finals at number one from 1998-2001. The two-time Michigan state champion came to Penn with a competitive edge and a winning spirit.
As a freshman, Lynn was an immediate asset on the court. He played in all seven Ivy League matches as a freshman, compiling an impressive 16-13 overall record and earning himself a second-team All-Ivy nod. His sophomore season was even more impressive as he teamed with Jimmy Fairbanks throughout the season to capture many No. 1 doubles victories and added more No. 1 singles wins to his already impressive record.
His competitive nature, understanding and love of the game and ability to lead made Lynn an obvious choice for captain in both his Junior and senior seasons.
Head Coach Mark Riley had only good things to say about the senior’s talent. "We can always count on David for good singles and doubles matches. He's one of those guys that we can depend on both on and off the court. He's always there when we need him."
Much of Lynn's leadership ability has to do with his love of the game.
"It’s obvious that he loves the game,” said Riley. “He never quits no matter how hard things get. David always keeps working and plays to win. In tennis you really have to think and concentrate on your game and David always finds a way to win. Some matches end up being easier both mentally and physically but he always keeps concentrating and plays to win no matter what situation he is put into.”
Lynn's ability and leadership have been appreciated throughout his collegiate career. As his final season comes to an end, it is clear that he will be greatly missed.
"I'm going to miss his honesty and his calmness,” commented Riley. "When things are tight he's always calm and collected. When I have to make decisions he's always there thinking clearly.
“I can ask him questions as a captain, whether it be where I think he should play or who he should play with and he's always honest. He's a very mature and honest kid who really understands himself and the game. The team will definitely miss him, his love of the game and his great leadership."
As Lynn prepares to leave college and enter the working world it is clear that his presence and leadership will be missed by Penn tennis fans, players and coaches alike.
~Written by Meghan Goddard, a senior in the College