Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams have optimistic views as they look ahead at the rest of the season and the ODAC’s.
The women’s team is currently 5-3 overall. They are 3-2 in the ODAC with 5 matches to go.
Co-captain of the women’s team, Kristin Nagy ’11, is not worried about their standing, and attributes the team’s strength and depth to their success.
“Our goal at the beginning of the season was to place 3rd or 4th in the conference. With so many more matches to come, we are well on our way to achieving either of those spots,” Nagy said.Â
The team added five new players to the team this year, which has been a great advantage. However, Nagy notes many of the schools in the ODAC have also gained more players.
“As a result, many of them, including ourselves, will be battling for the 3rd and 4th spots,” Nagy said.
The team suffered a loss this past weekend to Hollins University, a team both captains say is their toughest opponent.
However, with the leadership Nagy and White hope they have provided for the team and the upperclassmen assistance, the team continues to work get better.
“The upperclassmen bring knowledge to the table and have helped the new players understand certain opponent’s weakness and strengths and have helped them adjust to the team. The returning players have also continued to get stronger and improve their game,” Nagy said.
For the men, the record stands at 4-4 so far this season. The team struggled in at match against Hampden Sydney, but hopes to beat them in the ODAC’s.
Co-captain Alex Lyons ’11 says the team’s attitude as a whole is the team’s biggest strength.
“It is important for players to find the balance between being serious, growing as a player, and also having fun on the court. I feel that our team this year has a great connection between the players and we always make sure to have a good time out there,” Lyons said.
Lyons says he and his co-captain Jon Roy ’12 enjoy working with younger players on the court and helping them learn how to play under pressure.
“Nothing can replace experience,” Lyons said.
Close coaching from Head Coach Phil Benne also provides motivation for the men during close games and is crucial, Lyons says, for the growth of the team.
“Especially for the younger guys, there is a huge jump between high school and college tennis, even at the Division III Level,” Lyons said.
He remembers being an underclassman and playing in tough matches where he says the advice he received from older players was the only reason he pulled out a win. It is a positive pressure that helps the team to develop their fame to the highest level possible. Â Â Â Â
This is the level the team hopes to reach as they approach the ODAC tournaments.
“So far in the season we have not had any major upsets, we have some tough matches coming up that will determine our rank in the ODAC’s so it is important that we play our best as the season comes to a close and hopefully we will make it far in the tournament,” Lyons said.
The women play again on the 8th against Bridgewater and both teams face Randolph-Macon on the 9th.