posted 2011-04-06 13:00:59

Athlete Profile: Luis Quintero

(Photo: Mimiko Watanabe/Envoy)
(Photo: Mimiko Watanabe/Envoy)
Athlete Profile: Luis Quintero

Colombian native transfers to Hunter from Shorter University

Jennifer Kraham

Staff Writer

This time last year sophomore Luis Quintero was on a tennis scholarship at Shorter University in Georgia. But after a year and a half down south, the Colombian native wanted a change. Quintero set his sights on New York City. In late 2010, he officially transferred to Hunter.

“I came to Hunter because it has one of the best academic reputations in the city, and I wanted to continue tennis at competitive school with a good athletic program” said Quintero.

Shorter University’s loss was Hunter’s gain. Quintero, a media studies major, has seamlessly slotted into the number two position on the Hawks’ men’s tennis team. Thanks to the support of his teammates and coaches, he said, “the transition was easy.”

“The team was all very welcoming. Our coaches are great as well. They do everything they can to help us academically and athletically. It’s nice to know that you have a good support system behind you.”

His debut tournament with the Hawks was during the weekend of Feb. 19, where the team travelled to Madison, N.J., to compete in a tournament at Drew University. There, he beat opponents from Drew and Wilkes University, immediately proving his worth with a 2-1 record at the two-day event. He teamed up with sophomore and number one player Yevgeny Perepelov, in doubles where they were victorious against Queens College, a division two school.

Quintero led the Hawks into their Mar. 17, CUNYAC opener at first singles, with Perpelov out of action. Unfazed, he easily defeated Lehman’s Raul Santana 6-2, 6-1.  It was no different in doubles, where he teamed up with senior Thomas Lin for an easy 8-2 win.

As of Apr. 1, Quintero and the Hawks remain undefeated. Quintero is 4-0 in both singles and doubles, while the Hawks as a team are an impressive 5-0 to this point.

Quintero is confident the Hawks’ winning ways will continue.

“We have the talent and determination to win CUNYAC and hopefully get past a few rounds in NCAAs this year,” he said

Quintero and the rest of the men’s team are back in action next when they play conference rivals the College of Staten Island on Apr. 7, in Staten Island.