King of the Court
Men’s tennis is battling back from a few sets down earlier this season. Continue reading
Men’s tennis is battling back from a few sets down earlier this season. Coog Tube reporter Clint Martinson hits the court with the team to see what they’re serving up to get back on track.
BYU is number six in the WCC with a record of three and four. But they have cruised past their last two opponents.
BYU men’s tennis is used to being the ace on the court in the Mountain West Conference. This year they find themselves double-faulting in the WCC.
Patrick Kawka says, “Coming in with some new teams this year in the new conference you know we are up against some, some challenges that we haven’t faced before so you know it’s just overcoming those difficulties, those challenges.”
BYU started the year ranked number 36 in the nation but stumbled out of the gate, losing four of the their first five matches. Coach Brad Pearce made some early adjustments to give the team an extra boost.
“We felt that uh some of our younger players needed a little bit more time on the court so we implemented early morning practice starting at seven am every day,” says Pearce.
Team captain Georgy Batrakov says the extra practice has already paid off.
“We can tell that it is helping us right now because we played last week against two teams and we crushed them so,” says Batrakov.
The team says they want to use the momentum they gained to keep the ball rolling as the season progresses. They have set their sights high for this year.
With the added preparation, the cougars want to gain the advantage and become king of the court in their new conference, at the indoor tennis facility, Clint Martinson, Coog Tube.