Written and Media by Miguel Fabela
The Greenville College Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams are primed to begin the 2016 season with plenty of offseason training under their belts. The season looks bright for both teams with plenty of returners leading the way. Along with those returners there are also a few newcomers to grow and contribute to each unit.
The men’s squad finished last season in second place in the SLIAC tournament behind Principia. The team has been working diligently on their technique and teamwork so they may put themselves in pole position for this year’s SLIAC tournament.
Senior Code Power believes this year’s team has a lot of potential and can achieve some great success. “Better than what we were last year. This is the best team I have played on since I have been at Greenville,” Power said.
The five returners include three seniors in Power, Mason Tennell and Jonathan Urshan. Chris Heckman and Nate Wieland return as sophomores. In addition to the returners there are two freshmen in Blake Gocey and Justin Tilford. They will be carrying on the tradition of Greenville College Men’s tennis.
The women’s unit is looking prepared for the 2016 season with a roster of 13 players. The women haven’t been slacking off this offseason and look to match the men this season with a good shot at the SLIAC tournament. The women finished third in last season’s tournament with a 6-3 win over Westminster.
I spoke with senior Abby Maurer about the season ahead of them and she had some positive words to say about her team.“The girls get along well and have a group that can be paired easily.” Maurer gave some words of admiration for the team captain Lexi Baysinger saying, “She always has been a key component for our team. She really holds it together, and keeps the team composed.”
The women have 13 on the roster with seniors Lexi Baysinger, Abby Maurer and Emily Rauch being complimented by returning juniors Anna Brannon, Emilie Britt and Brooke Bryant. Sophomores India Bland, Gianna Paden and Amanda Scott return as well, and freshmen Allison Fennewald, Erin Gilmore, Olivia Maurer and Sarah Stone are new to the court for GC.
The men play their next matches on Saturday Feb. 27 against Knox and St. Ambrose at Knox. The women play their next match on Mar. 10 away versus Fontbonne. Both teams have great potential and talent to be in first place in this season’s SLIAC tournament. So come support your Greenville College Tennis teams!