July 25, 2019

Meet Josh Quijano - Bates Men's Tennis

Josh Quijano, Bates Courtesy of Bates Sports Information

Bates men's tennis senior Josh Quijano was named the ITA Division III Northeast Region Most Improved Senior in 2019, capturing his third honor of the postseason. The honor came less than a week after Quijano was named All-NESCAC Second Team as a singles player. He was also named an alternate for the NCAA Division III Men's Singles Championship.

"The thing I can say about Q is every single coach that we play against will comment about Q after the match, and just say, 'I love the way this kid plays. I love the way he competes. He's incredible.' They just marvel at the stuff he's able to do," Bates head coach Paul Gastonguay '89 said. "The big game, the big forehands, and backhands. His ability to close out balls at the net and just his quickness is incredible. He has a big, big serve for a guy his size. He's definitely made the most of his ability and I can't say enough about Q. Just an unbelievable person and we're going to miss him incredibly."

The team captain was outstanding throughout his senior season as Bates' No. 1 singles player. He began his college career as the Bobcats' No. 6 singles player and moved up to No. 3 singles before the end of his rookie year, where he remained for the better part of his sophomore and junior seasons.

Quijano moved up to No. 1 singles in 2019 after the graduation of three-time All-American Ben Rosen, and he thrived despite playing against an array of some of the top players in Division III. Between March 2 and April 19, he won 10 matches and lost only once. His victories at No. 1 singles came against such opponents as David Aizengerg of Brandeis, Matt Miles of Mary Washington, Jimmy Engelhart of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Tyler Barr of MIT, Alberto De Mendiola of Babson, Scott Altmeyer of Colby, and Noah Farrell of Middlebury. Three of his four losses were decided in third-set tiebreakers.

As a junior in 2018, Quijano was one of 11 Bates student-athletes named to the NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship Team, which honors student-athletes who exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents, and spectators. These athletes display sportsmanship not only as a participant in their sport but also as a spectator and in their everyday lives.

Quijano double majored in mathematics and philosophy at Bates, graduating in May. Upon graduation, he accepted a consulting job for Mu Sigma that begins in October.