The Mercer Club Tennis team aced their competition at the Southern Championships Feb. 23 – 24 in Auburn, Alabama. With an overall three out of six matches won and coming in second in their pool, Mercer Club Tennis placed in the Gold Bracket.
Club President Josh Allison said that they had close matches from University of Tennessee Chattanooga, University of Alabama and North Carolina State University, just to name a few.
“We had an awesome comeback win against UGA to win our first match in the Gold Bracket Player,” player Julia Stephen said.
Overall, Stephen said the Mercer Club Tennis team placed 23rd out of 48 teams.
The team did better this year than last, and Allison, although competing in his last year, said he wants to continue to encourage their growth.
“From our team that traveled, we have two male seniors, but young freshmen who are fully capable of stepping up to fill the void,” he said. “Since club tennis is a co-ed sport, male and female participation is just as important. With a strong team returning next year, I expect them to build upon the success that we had this year. I believe I will be leaving the club with people who are fully capable of making the club
excel more at tournaments.”
Both Allison and Stephen said they feel like the team exceeded their expectations and are looking forward to their final tournament of the year in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“Though this tournament will not affect whether we travel to nationals, this will nonetheless be another chance to wage our skill against other teams. Even if we are not successful at this tournament, I am just hoping to have fun and make sure my last Tennis on Campus tournament is a fun one,” Allison said.
Although Allison is graduating soon, Stephen said she is looking forward to the next year.
“We are looking forward to the fun team bonding experience of this tournament again, and we hope to do even better than we did this year,” Stephen said.