To prepare for the upcoming season, the men and women’s tennis teams are competing in tournaments against other schools.
The tournaments consist of 60 matches: 40 singles and 20 doubles. Each team member plays at least one match.
“Fall is time for developments,” said Dale Silah, associate head coach for the women’s tennis team.
“We kind of start real late. Most of the other schools are on semester systems, so they’re practicing three to four weeks before we do. So because we start late, the fall season is just for development.”
“We have a lot of newcomers on the team,” said Head Coach Darren Haworth. “So this fall is really about the newcomers gaining experience and getting a lot of match play in.”
The teams had about a week to practice before the first tournament. For the rest of the season, the tennis teams will be in and out of tournaments to make sure they get enough practice for the season beginning in January.
“The whole idea is to get match experience, for me to work with them on specific things on the court, and then also to get back into the practice setting and work on those,” said Silah. “So by the time we’re done with tournaments, we’re expecting everybody to be ready to compete and kind of get their games ready for the season.”
The women’s tennis teams did very well in the last tournament. Ryann Warner, Judy Liening and Kelsey Knight were just a few of the players who did well in the tournament.
Caitlin Bampton, the number one player last season on the women’s team, was injured, as well as freshman Kaylyn Rex.
The men’s team also did well in the tournament. The top players were Brian Thorp from the University of Portland and Allen Shan from the University of Idaho
“All four tournaments are to really help the guys gain confidence in their playing and also to gain more experience against other competition,” Haworth said.
None of the players on the men or women’s team made it to the finals in the tournaments, but Silah and Haworth are not worried.
“Winning is important, but right now, it’s all about working with the players individually, helping them build their game.”