By: Abby Whittemore
The UA Fort Smith men and women’s tennis teams started their 2012 Spring season with difficult matches but are keeping their hopes high for an overall solid spring semester. The teams have already had to fight their toughest battles starting out the season falling to strong D1 and NAIA schools but head tennis Coach Bob Huckelbury believes that this will prepare them for whatever comes their way.
The Lions and Lady Lions have conference matches coming up in March and plan to show their best performances down in Plano, Texas. They are up against rivals like St. Edwards, St. Mary’s, and University of Texas of the Permian Basin. These conference match ups are challenging, but the Lions have no fear.
The Lady Lions have four new freshmen making them a relatively young team. With this, it is hard to form experienced doubles teams but with their tough practices and hard work, they will be able to improve in their weaker areas. The singles line ups are strong and equipped with tough ladies that never give up and grind until the very last point.
Contrary to the Lady Lions, the Lions have four seniors that know all the ropes of college tennis and have experience handling the most difficult times such as multiple back to back in-season matches. They know that they have hard conference matches coming up so they plan to improve their practice as well as their fitness and strength training.
Both teams usually travel together and face the same competition. They support each other in and out of matches and they are going to need all that support when it comes to facing these high ranked teams in conference play. Keeping healthy, practicing well, and working on fitness are the three great contributors to achievement and victory.