Junior Charlie Jones will be updating fans throughout the season on the happenings of the men's tennis team.
It's that time of year again. Hopefully everyone out there has made a valiant attempt at their New Year's resolution, fallen short, made peace with that failure, and is ready for some college tennis! After a very successful fall tournament season, the team had been itching for the spring semester and real head-to-head competition. This past Saturday gave us just that in the form of a double-header with Tennessee Tech and Lipscomb.
It didn't take long to shake off the rust of the offseason as we jumped out early in both matches to take the doubles point, and rolled to two 7-0 victories. That isn't to say that Saturday was a walk in the park by any means; the physical demands of playing two teams in one day certainly made for some soreness Sunday morning. But the confidence that comes with two shutout wins is exactly what we were looking for as we head out to Palo Alto, California on Wednesday to take on Nebraska in the first round of the National Indoor Kick-Off Tournament, which is basically the early-season equivalent of the NCAA Tournament. We are the No. 2 seed in the Stanford regional and if we can get by Nebraska, we will play the winner of No. 1 seed Stanford and No. 4 seed Santa Clara for the right to go to Seattle for the National Indoor Finals. Needless to say, everyone is pumped up for Nebraska and our first real test of the season.
This coming weekend is just the beginning of what is surely one of the most difficult non-conference schedules in the SEC, which itself is easily the toughest conference in the country for tennis. This season we take on Memphis, Washington, Michigan, Northwestern, Indiana, and North Carolina before entering the grueling SEC schedule. It won't be easy, but we are ready.
Saturday was hopefully the start of what will be a very successful season for us, and there are plenty more chances to see high-quality tennis at the Currey Tennis Center. There is no bigger advantage in college tennis than a packed house. Remember, this isn't professional tennis; fans are encouraged to be loud. So come out to our next home match Friday, February 4th at 2 p.m. and watch us take on the Memphis Tigers!