Alumni Profiles

Alumni Arvid von Taube '03

Arvid von Taube '03

To the extent possible, put some effort into fitness. I wish that training and a reasonable diet were emphasized as much during my playing years as they are now. We all have the skill and shot-making ability, and therefore the difference late in the third set often comes down to fitness. This also helps you mentally, knowing that you can rely on your fitness. —Arvid von Taube '03

Why did you choose Luther?
I was born in Minnesota but moved to Boston when I was young so I asked my Midwest relatives for a list of good schools "back home". I don't remember if I got into Carleton or not, but Luther accepted me probably because they wanted some applicants from a different geographic region. It certainly wasn't for my grades. I accepted without having visited and had the best four years of my life, much of which I owe to the tennis team.

What are you up to now?
I am an attorney in Boston and have been practicing corporate/business law for 10 years. At first it was tough to get integrated with a solid group of tennis players, but once I did it opened up a bunch of winter and summer leagues. The most fun is the Boston Pro Tennis League that plays its matches at various clubs in the Boston area and is comprised of top college players and former tour players. I am probably one of the lower (and older) guys in the league, but playing doubles next to guys like Thomas Blake is a lot of fun.

Tell us about your doubles partners.
I was lucky to have had two consistent partners during my four years: Sharran Srivatsaa for my freshman and sophomore years, and current coach Adam Strand for my junior and senior years. As anyone who remembers 1999-2000 knows, my freshman year was full of on-court growing pains, and I couldn't have asked for a more patient partner/mentor than Sharran. I like to think that I played that same role with Adam when he was a freshman, but you'll have to ask him that. Regardless, we had a lot of fun on the court and racked up some big wins!

What are some favorite memories?
My junior year singles win over Decorah native Tait Smock who played his college tennis for rival Central College.  Despite previous early set leads and breaks, I hadn't beaten Tait in three years, but was finally able to prevail in a three set match, outdoors in April in Pella, IA, which was also a deciding match in giving Luther its first win over Central in three years.


Scott Sundstrom winds up for a return with his eyes on the tennis ball.

Scott Sundstrom '12

When you care more about playing well, getting better, and having fun than winning, you win more and have more fun. —Scott Sundstrom '12

Why did you choose Luther?
I chose Luther because I loved the people. Everyone I met with was so friendly and seemed to be genuinely interested in the well being of everyone connected to the school. It seemed like everyone felt that they belonged and were a part of something. They were passionate about their school and I wanted to be a part of it.

What are you up to now?
Trying to get people to not talk when I am talking and to follow directions the first time—I'm a second grade teacher and I absolutely love it! I also coach high school tennis.

Tell us about your doubles partners.
I was part of the Brian Huinker Era so I pretty much played with anyone who had a pulse. Utsab Rijal and Ramesh Karki mostly.

What are some favorite memories?
I have many...Huinker driving 90 mph through the back roads of Iowa in the middle of the night, spring break, Indiana, and Texas trips, staying in sketchy motels, eating at the Metro Buffet in Cedar Rapids, finding ways to spend all of the NCAA money allotted to us, rolling up in the Luther van to the conference tournament like a boss...most of my memories are from off the court.