Regional championships encourage tennis teams
Monday, October 1, 2007
By Tracy Washam
If the fall season stands as an indicator of how the spring season will go for Oklahoma Christian University’s tennis teams, they have reason to be excited about what lies in the future.
multiple championships in their two tournaments so far this season and
a mix of veterans and newcomers, both teams think they have a chance to
have more successful teams than in years past.
guy’s team looks great this year,” senior Ryan Stephenson said. “We
have multiple people competing for our number one position which means
that our lineup should be pretty impressive come springtime.”
Flores won last week’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles
bracket and then paired with Juraj Surovy to win the men’s doubles
title. Regional winners move on to ITA Nationals on Oct. 11.
lot of our guys have returned with stronger games, and some new faces
are really making an impact,” Stephenson said. “It’s going to be really
exciting watching us all compete.”
men are working hard in practices right now. They run their own
practices so they really have to make sure they stay focused. They are
also working hard on their conditioning.
of improvement for us right now would consist mainly of getting us into
peak physical shape,” Stephenson said. “We are working hard during the
mornings and afternoon practices to shape up for the upcoming season.”
men’s team has their share of obstacles before spring time, but they
are confident it will turn out to be one of the best seasons they have
had in a while.
have had an injury to one of our players, but we are hoping to see him
in peak condition come January,” Stephenson said. “Overall, this is
shaping up to be the best team that we have been able to put together
over the past four years, and I am pretty excited about it.”
The Lady Eagles are excited about their upcoming season and they believe they are going to have a successful year as well.
team this year looks pretty solid,” senior All-American Jennifer Le
said. “We have three returning starters on our varsity line up, an
incoming girl from France who is very talented that should play in the
top four for us, and we have a few junior varsity girls that might step
up to varsity in the spring.”
women have also had a good start to their fall season. Le and Gabriela
Nastasa advanced to ITA Nationals with a victory in women’s doubles at
the regional tournament.
and Nastasa were both All-Americans last year and appear to be back in
sync for another season. Also Sophomore Leila Keihani returned with an
improved game which bodes well for the Lady Eagles.
are going well for the women. They are trying to develop a new routine
for this year to improve from years past. It has been difficult the
past few years only having two tennis courts to practice on, so the
girls usually have to go off campus for practices.
Lady Eagles have also been doing conditioning work with trainer Jack
Pugh and believe that has been helping their on-court endurance. They
have goals they want to accomplish this season and believe they have
what it takes to accomplish these goals.
of our team goals is obviously to beat Southern Nazarene University
this year,” Le said. “We split with them last year, and hopefully, we
can come back and beat them for the Sooner Athletic Conference title.
We also want to go to nationals for the third year in a row.”