Tennis players’ hard work is serving them well

By Leif Johnston

With two tournaments left in the season the men’s tennis team has it’s sights set on being the ASC West Division champion. If the men clinch the title, they will host the conference tournament for both the men and women.

“We are in the driver seat, but we have to still deal with Hardin-Simmons. We have had three-way triangles before in the top teams,” Head Coach James Cohagan said.

The men fell to Texas Lutheran this past Friday, which put the Cru at 2-1 in division play.  After suffering their first conference loss the men got back to their winning ways against Schriener with a  commanding victory.

“Texas Lutheran has very good depth, and it’s not just winning it one and two, deep down their lineup on the men’s side is very good,” Cohagan said.

Sophomore T.J. Kittrell hits a serve to start a volley. Photo by Kathryn Smith.

Sophomore T.J. Kittrell hits a serve to start a volley. Photo by Kathryn Smith.

The men have continued to  make headway as the season has progressed, but they still  believe there is room for improvement to take their game to the next level.

“We have improved in doubles and have seen that our new doubles lineups are working, and we are building wins on the road to a west victory,” junior computer science major Jimmy Turner said.

Many things have led to the success of the program, but Cohagan explained that it is mainly the ambition of the players to keep moving forward that has made this team successful.

“The biggest key to success is always  hard work. The kids choose to be out here. We have a lot of kids with time demands, so it takes discipline.”

The women’s side of things hasn’t missed a single beat all season and is on pace to contend for a conference championship as well. With an impressive 4-0 conference record, they have high aspirations for the remainder of their season.

“I think we have a good chance at making it to conference, and our season is looking good so far. I have confidence in our team this year,” junior nursing major Chaley Shiffler said.

The women also came out on top against TLU this weekend.  Although they have exhibited their dominance over these teams this season, the ladies didn’t take them lightly.

“I think anytime you show up to play, you better be ready. Those have been teams we have beaten pretty easily in the past, but they have better depth now.” The level of play is high throughout the conference. “Both of those teams have beaten Hardin-Simmons, which has been our traditional rival on the women’s side, so we knew we would have our hands full,” Cohagan said.

Both teams will be hosting Southwestern University and Hardin-Simmons this weekend with huge implications on the line.

Author: The Bells Staff

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