Despite the fact that both the men’s and women’s tennis team lost their number-one players to graduation, CC tennis expects a successful season.

Led by captains Madeline Bush and Will Lindsay, the Tigers are looking to continue the strides they made last season.

Among the top match winners on the women’s side are junior Caila Criss, junior Katie Patterson, and junior Bush. Standouts on the men’s team include senior Lindsay, junior Oliver Gunter, and sophomore Jack Burger. All six will compete in singles and doubles throughout the season.

The women’s team is looking to build on a 2012 campaign that ended with an 13-9 overall record and 2-2 conference record. The men’s team has already opened the season at 1-0 and finished 2012 with a 10-11 overall record and 3-1 in conference.

Even though both teams started the season with two losses in the fall, players are still optimistic.

“We used those first two matches as a learning experience and we’re already seeing improvements in spring practice,” Bush said.

The Tigers took their offseason seriously to prepare for the successes they hope to achieve.

“I think our coaches as well as [strength and conditioning coaches] Kevin [Cronin] and Tiana [Perry] have really pushed us to get stronger and more fit,” Burger said. “Hopefully it pays off during the season,”

“We’ve been practicing six days a week, running three days a week, and in the weight room three mornings a week,” head coach Todd Doebler said. “As a team, we’ve been working really hard in the offseason and I’m excited to see it pay off this season,” Bush added.

Even though the conference is changing, Doebler is confident that the team should be playing their best by the end of the season, especially considering the strength of their schedule.

With no home games last season, the Tigers will have six home games to come out for. The home schedule includes a match against Southwestern University, a strong competitor.

As mentioned, the men’s team has already opened its season and have a 1-0 record. The women’s team opens its season on March 2 at home with a match against the Thunder Wolves of Colorado State University – Pueblo.

Iris Rayburn

Guest Writer

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