Throughout the summer, DartmouthSports.com will be focusing on members of the Class of 2019 who are currently in their "Sophomore Summers."
The latest installment features Eddie Grabill of the men’s tennis team. Grabill comes to Hanover via Hinsdale, Illinois, where he was a state champion in singles (2014) and doubles (2013) during his high school career. At Dartmouth, Grabill has a 26-15 record in two years that includes a five-match win streak this past year.
DartmouthSports.com: What is your favorite place on campus?
Eddie Grabill: My favorite place to go on campus is Collis. Collis pasta is amazing, and it’s a great place to work and hang out.
DS: What was it in the recruiting process that sold you on Dartmouth?
EG: Right away, I fell in love with the campus. Also, I really admired the work ethic from my teammates as well as the coaching staff.
DS: If you could swap places with one teammate, who would it be and why?
EG: I would swap places with George Wall. He is a very funny guy, knows everyone, and is the best cricket player I know.
DS: If you could play another sport at Dartmouth, what would it be and why?
EG: I would play hockey. It’s a blast going to Dartmouth Hockey games, and there’s nothing better to watch than NHL Playoff Hockey.
DS: Other than your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life?
EG: I have a little brother with Autism and he has had a tremendous influence on my life. I have realized how lucky I am to be in the position I am now, never taking anything for granted.
DS: What has been your best on-court memory thus far in your Dartmouth career?
EG: During my freshman year, we played Tulane in the NCAA Championships at North Carolina. It was the first time in 19 years that Dartmouth has made the NCAA Championships.
DS: What’s the app you use most on your phone?
EG: Venmo and Spotify.
DS: Do you have a nickname on your team? Who gave it to you and why?
EG: Brendan Tannenbaum gave me the nickname Big Ed when I was a freshman.