By Amber Campbell
Last year Wesleyan was unable to have a tennis team due to a lack of players. This year the tennis team is back with some fresh faces and is preparing to get back in the game. With the eight players practicing four times a week, and starting conditioning weeks before their first match, it’s safe to expect some exciting things from this season.
First time tennis coach Michael Spivey had nothing but positive things to say about the future of his team. “The team is gelling very well and there are a lot of good personalities,” he says, “Every one has good attitudes and there are no egos.” Along with a positive outlook on the season, team and individual goals have been set to give the players objectives to work for. Coach Spivey has coached soccer for years, but this is his shot at coaching tennis. However, he is not new to the game. He played on his high school team and has continued to play his whole life.
When setting goals for this season Coach Spivey explains that this season is a lot about starting up the program again and getting it back on its feet. It’s been two years since Wesleyan has had an active tennis team and some things the team will work on this season are getting the basics back down and preparing to represent Wesleyan as best they can. Coach Spivey hopes that he can build a strong tennis program at Wesleyan by retaining returning players and recruiting more players in the incoming classes.
To help kick off the new season the team has gotten new home uniforms and travel bags. The Wesleyan courts have been resurfaced and are in good condition. And thanks to Coach Spivey the ball machine is fixed and now players can do solitary practices.
The team’s opening game will be on February 20 at home. This season there are six home and four away games. Each game consists of six singles matches and three doubles matches. There are members of each class on the team. A team captain has not been chosen yet nor have the seeds been set. The season lasts until about the third week of April and with the team practicing in twenty eight degree weather we can only assume that they will achieve most of the goals they have set.