November 26, 2014
College Sports

Will. East grad Lin takes collegiate tennis by storm

Winston Lin graduated from Will. East in 2011. Photo courtesy of Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars.

Western New York has produced numerous athletes that have gone on to become future professionals. Names litter the landscape of the NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA, and most of them have gone on to enjoy great success.

One name that could join them soon is Winston Lin. Lin, a 2011 graduate of Williamsville East, is in the midst of his senior year at Columbia University and has helped lead the Lion’s program to glory.

“In my opinion, I think Winston will go down as one of the top 10 best tennis players to ever come out of Western New York,” Flames head coach Dave Monkarsh said. “What he’s done while at Columbia is almost unheard of for an athlete coming out of this area. He had an amazing all-around game and he had an ability to turn it on when he wanted to, which was unbelievable to me.”

Lin dominated while wearing the Flames’ red and yellow. He was ranked second in the 12, 14, and 16-and-under divisions, and was ranked first in the 18-and-under division. Lin also performed so well that he was rated as the 25th-best player in the nation, and also listed him as their 11th-rated senior nationally.

Lin was also a three-time co-captain of the Flames, which was well-deserved, according to Monkarsh.

“At times, Winston was better at delegating what to do for the other kids than I was,” Monkarsh said. “Just in terms of giving others instructions and telling them how to beat certain guys, he was great at that. His tennis I.Q. was also very high, even at a young age. He absolutely was a great... Read the rest of this article in College Sports

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