BY MARYANGELA BENTHAL
In light of falling short of their team goal last season of first place in the conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s tennis coach Jeremy Ellis has strong confidence and high hopes for the team’s performance in this spring 2013 season.
“Last season was decent. We started off strong but towards the end of the season we played sub-par,” Ellis said. “With fluctuating weather it makes it tough to stay consistent on the tennis court. We were undefeated in our conference but fell to second place during the conference tournament. This will not happen again.”
With the fall season behind them and more experience gained, Baron tennis players Paul Jarzynka and Zack Quiza show a lot of promise. Jarzynka is stepping up, serving as team captain and pert of the No. 1 doubles team. Quiza is a promising first-year player, who is on the No. 2 doubles team.
“This is Paul Jarzynka’s year to shine. He was playing great in the fall and I see him playing his best tennis this year,” Ellis said. “We also have a new freshman, Zack Quiza, who will be a ‘need to watch’ player.”
This season will provide even more opportunity for each player to improve as individuals, as well as grow as a team together.
“What I look forward to the most is spending time with the guys. They are a great group of men who are always a delight to be around,” Ellis said, “We are also heading to Florida for spring break at which we will play two very tough matches.”
In the true spirit of Franciscan sportsmanship, Ellis optimistically urges the team forward with set goals and the mindset of giving glory to God in all things this season.
“The first goal is to glorify Christ in all we do as a team, practice, winning, and losing all for the sake and cause of Jesus Christ. Second goal is to spur on and encourage one another in the pursuit for Christ as we better ourselves on and off the court. Third goal is to win conference,” Ellis said, “We fell short last year but have much more depth this year, so we should clinch the conference title.”
The men’s tennis team opened their season with a 9-0 loss to Baldwin Wallace University. Their next game is at University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg on March 8.