[Written by Chris Sala]
As the seasons come to a close for both JCU men’s and women’s tennis teams, each team looks to finish out their respective season strong.
After defeating Muskingum by a whopping score of 9-0 on Thursday, April 18, the Blue Streaks men’s team now has only two matches left in the regular season. After squaring off against Baldwin-Wallace on Tuesday, April 24, the Blue Streaks only have two matches following Baldwin-Wallace as they will take on conference rivals Marietta College (4/26) and Heidelberg University (4/28) in a busy week. While the lone Blue Streaks senior Michael Hulseman looks to close out his collegiate tennis career on a good note, the rest of the team is also focused on turning up their performances.
“Win or we’re done. We have to win or we won’t make it down to Cincinnatti,” said sophomore Sean Graham, referencing the OAC Tournament at the end of the season.
This has been the motivation for the Blue Streaks all season long, as the OAC Tournament is right around the corner.
“[I have to] give it my all and enjoy my last couple of matches. After this, there is no more collegiate tennis,” said Hulseman.
The Blue Streaks women’s team looks to end the season on a seven-game win streak heading into OAC Tournament play as they have three matches left as well after winning four consecutive matches. The team has already clinched a berth in the OAC Tournament, but are now fighting for the top seed. Each teammate must continue to work hard in order to further their chances at winning the OAC championship.
Three Blue Streaks seniors continue to strive for the best from their teammates as each one wants to bring home the ultimate prize in their final collegiate season – an OAC title.
With limited matches remaining, both the men’s and women’s teams look to finish their respective seasons strong. The desire to complete a task at hand is what motivates athletes to work hard and be successful. Both teams are currently in different situations, but both will nonetheless be competing for the OAC championship at the end of the season in pursuit of another success story.