ONU Tennis Prepares for Winter Training
The Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) tennis teams are getting ready to wrap up the fall season and begin preparation for the spring. Both men’s and women’s programs will travel the first weekend in October to bring closure to the fall. The women’s team will travel to Wisconsin-Whitewater to take on the Warhawks while the men’s team will head to the Purdue Tournament. Both teams will begin play for these events on Oct. 5, 2018.
Dana Huck, junior from Huntertown, Indiana, is buying into trusting the process with her team this year.
“Our team is a lot bigger than previous years and we are slowing learning to come together as one unit,” said Huck.
Though it might not have been the start that she wanted, Maddie Holdren, senior from Muncie, Indiana, knows that the Tigers are headed in the right direction.
“The season got off to a little bit of a rough start, but we are getting to know each other better and getting used to our doubles partners… Flexibility has probably been our team motto, just learning to relax and adjust when things don’t go right,” said Holdren.
To Huck, tennis is more than just a sport, she is making the most of the opportunity to play at ONU as well.
“The great relationships that I have made that will last a lifetime and just the opportunity to play tennis and stay in shape,” said Huck.
The Tigers have their hopes set on nationals this year and Huck understands that it will take more than pure talent to get there.
“Our biggest goal is to get to nationals, we have the talent as a team, it is just going to come down to how well we come together as a team… Our everyday goals are to keep good attitudes and work hard regardless,” said Huck.
Huck also feels that the crowd and student support really helps the Tigers bring their “A-game” to every match.
“We really do appreciate people coming out and attending the matches… The more people come out and get into the match, the better we tend to be,” Huck said.
The match that Holdren would love everyone to come out for in the spring is the match against Cardinal Stritch; she claims that the competition is always very high and the play is exciting.
Tyler Cannon, senior from Denison, Texas, claims that the fall has gone very well for the men’s team and they are getting ready to transition into winter preparation.
Though many see tennis as being an individual sport, Cannon knows that there is a lot more that goes into every match than just a single performance.
“Our main goal right now is to develop and to get ready for the team season in the spring, we need all six guys to step up every match in singles and doubles because we feel we can win every match if everyone steps up,” Cannon said.
Preparation is key to the sport of tennis and Cannon wants to make sure to give it his all every match this season.
“I want to leave everything on the court and have no regrets when my playing days are over,” Cannon said.
According to Cannon, the men’s team has been successful this season and looks to return to their winning ways, but he knows that this will take a lot of effort and sacrifice.
“Our goal is to get back to nationals, Olivet went to nationals for about 14 straight years and then broke that streak a couple years ago, we have a very good shot to get back to nationals this year, we are very strong this year,” Cannon said. “It will be interesting to see how we come together as a team… If we have two of the six guys bringing it every match it is all for nothing, we need everyone to step up every single day.”
Cannon said that his favorite part about playing tennis at ONU is the home matches and beautiful facilities. He encourages the student body to come out and experience some home matches in the spring.
“We really appreciate the support from the student body, you guys give us energy and we need that energy,” Cannon said.