Tennis players are geared up for a new season

Posted Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 12:00am

For many students the anticipation of beginning the upcoming school year is caused by a variety of different reasons. For Jennifer Jarrett, the reason was tennis. "Every time I thought about coming back to Price to play with the CEU tennis team again, I got really excited.

"I love the feeling you get when you play a suspenseful/competitive match. I've been looking foreword to it all summer so I hope this year we are able to have some matches like that. Tennis is a competitive, edge-of-your-seat game that is great to play in and when you're not playing, it is one of the most entertaining sports to watch, and easy to get into.

Coach Ron Vogel is hoping to have a great season. After talking about his team and players for the upcoming year he remarked, "I think that we are going to have a great year. It just looks like it will be a good year for tennis." Jarrett affirmed, "Obviously I am excited for this upcoming year, I think that it will be an awesome one for CEU. I think that we will have a good team. A couple of us have already started playing and we have our on-and-off days but we'll be ready by our first match. We just got six new courts to play on and we'd like to host a tournament in Price, but some schools' tennis funds have been cut, including some funding for CEU's team, so it's not for sure yet, but it is something I would really like to do and think that it would be a great thing for students from other colleges to come and see our campus."

CEU's first tournament will be hosted by Snow College in Ephraim. It will most likely be held on October 3-4. With budget cuts, Dixie State College has already announced that they will not be able to play in the tournament. Last year Dixie was one of CEU's main competitors. "We had some good matches against a lot of the schools, Dixie and Snow were probably the matches where we played our best against because they were equally matched, they had really good teams. Our teams were pretty equal in talent so the games got really interesting to watch and play in. It was some 'dang' nice tennis being played," Jarrett confirmed. This tournament has not only been competitive and good for matches but the students also can go expecting to have lots of fun.

The positions on the team include three male single positions, three female single positions, two male doubles, two female doubles, and two mixed doubles. Last year students were able to play both doubles and singles. They may do that again this year if they would like. If you play tennis and would like to join, practice is on Mondays at 5 p.m. on the tennis courts on 300 east and 450 north, or contact Ron Vogel at 613-5257 for more information.

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