On March 7, the La Verne men’s tennis team played its last home match of the season losing to Occidental, 9-0.
The young squad has had a rough season so far. They have only won one game this season and many players attribute their record to inexperience.
“This is many of the players first time playing team tennis,” said Adrian Laygo, a sophomore psychology major from Philips Ranch and two year member of the team. “They are used to playing recreational tennis.”
The men’s tennis team was not well prepared to take on the Tigers just the day before they suffered a loss, away against Pomona-Pitzer, 9-0.
“I feel though we weren’t pumped up to play,” said Chris Weedon, a sophomore who is in his second year with the team. “We weren’t ready.”
Weedon also feels the team’s lack of dedication has also played a factor in why the team is having such a hard season.
Yet, the team has not given up they have two more matches before the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships.
“I think we have a good chance of beating Caltech because they lost to Biola and we beat Biola,” said Evan Mobley a junior, television broadcast major from Redondo Beach and a first year member of the team.
“I would like to win at least one more match as a team,” said Kyle Fournier a senior criminology major from Mt. Etna who has played on the team for three years.
The men’s tennis team’s next match is April 14 in Pasadena against Caltech at 9:30 a.m.
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