Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams are back on the court, and they have come out firing. This past weekend the Cru went head-to-head in a
dual conference match against Schreiner University, in which the women swept the Mountaineers 9-0, while the men secured a commanding 6-3 victory at UMHB’s Yvonne Li Tennis Center.
Sophomore singles and doubles player Megan Aarhus said, “So far the season has been going really great. We’ve had a successful first tournament and first dual match.”
The accomplishments of the team can be linked to several different factors, but Aarhus has her own theory.
“I believe we have been successful this year because we’ve picked up a strong sense of school spirit (while) bringing in a greater confidence in
each of us as players.”
Head Coach for both teams, James Cohagan, has been pleased with the way
his athletes have performed and believes this year’s squad is one of the greatest assemblies of players the university has seen in a while.
“They are doing well this year,” he said. They have worked harder in conditioning than any group we’ve had in the last five years, and there is more team unity and expectations of themselves and each other.”
One key element that the men have done well is winning their doubles matches. Cohagan explained that if the guys get ahead in doubles, then some of the stress of performing well in singles is relieved.
“It’s like who scores fi rst in a baseball game,” he said. “If you can get up in the doubles, then everyone can kind of relax and do their best.”
The women have done particularly well in singles this season, as well as in doubles play. They took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes in singles
for the first match of the semester, the Cru Spring Classic, and won the championship over Southwestern University in doubles.
Junior men’s team captain Daniel White said, “Of the three years that I have been here, this is the best (team) by far. We have worked harder this year than ever before. We do something productive at least five days a week, whether that is hitting, conditioning or watching film of our previous matches. The team has completely changed its mentality and we have become really intense, treating everything as one step closer to our goal of
going to conference.”
Both teams will travel to Longview Feb 25 to take on the Yellow Jackets of Letourneau University at 2 p.m.