When the word tennis is uttered, images of Wimbledon and people like Andre Agassi and Roger Federer cross the mind. And with that, don’t forget that the HC tennis teams are doing well.
Both men’s and women’s tennis teams are sitting in good positions at secondand fifth in the conference respectively. The men’s tennis team’s only conference match so far this season was on March 31 where the Broncos took on Nebraska Wesleyan. The team went 5-1 in singles and 2-1 in doubles to finish the day with a final score of 7-2 and starting the conference slate off with a victory.
“Our season so far has been awesome. Our team has come together in a way that I never could have imagined and we are all playing really well at the moment,” said Vinny Banda, senior. “The addition of our freshman, McKay [Inman], has proven to be a great one. He, along with our other lowerclassmen, has added depth to our team and is keeping the upperclassmen on our toes. We know that we have to keep our game up or have our spot taken.”
On the women’s side of the court, the Broncos have played three matches, posting one win and two losses. However, the single win was a 9-0 drubbing of conference rival Doane. The Broncos swept the Tigers in all six matches. The closest match in the Broncos’ only victory was decided by four points.
“I thought our win over Doane was great. Last year, we went 8-1 against them, and now to beat them 9-0 which makes it more exciting,” said Cammie Koopman, senior.
The Broncos’ shaky start is in no way due to lack of effort, as the team has improved from the beginning of the year and looks to solidify their position in the conference and prepare themselves for the tournament at the end of the year.
“The season thus far has shown a lot of improvement from where we started. We will keep working hard, and keep improving all season for the final conference tournament,” Koopman said. “That is where all of our hard work will hopefully pay off. I’m proud of the girls so far this season, and hope to see our team pull through at the conference tournament.”
The Bronco women have four matches left, including one against Morningside who is ranked second in the conference. The men have three matches left and look to solidify their sport at the top of the conference.