Clarksville, Ark.-Members from the University of the Ozarks Men's Tennis program set out to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regionals in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend.
Eight players attended the tournament ready to compete with the best in the nation and although they did not get the results they expected, they came out of the tournament with much more.
Jordan King and Jason Morgan played Emory University, previously ranked in the top-15, and played to the finish. They ended countering 4 points to Emory’s final 8. They then played Rhodes College, which proved to be another intense battle. The Eagles lost 9-8. Tom Lowe and Henry Stoltz played Mississippi College and won by default. Trevor Scott, Allen Bowman, Scott Eibes and Bradly Fontenot all had singles matches and competed well.
Head coach Shaun Wiseman plans to take the experience for all it was worth. The competition provided by the Eagles’ opponents gave the men a great experience at a higher level. They saw it as an opportunity to see more talent, and from that, they hope to have a more recurrent appearance in the tournament in future years.
Wiseman and the Eagles hope that after going through a year of battles, those losses will start becoming wins. He thinks the freshmen have a great amount of potential and room to grow.
“We are going to have a blast finding out where their ceiling is and I think we’re going to get a lot of victories on the way,” said Wiseman.
With room to grow and no limits, the anticipation for the upcoming season is reaching an all-time high.
“There is a fine line between being really good and being great and we’re knocking on the door of it, and it’s within reach. It is finally within our grasp to be able to get there and that is an exciting feeling,” he said.
By Sarah Otteman, Student Assistant SID