Wednesday, March 30, 2011

UIS Tennis: Stars' doubles give foes trouble

During this season of ever-changing weather, practice schedules change from minute to minute.

“The school should give an allowance to Jane (Brown) for all the texts she sends saying we have practice at noon, then no we have practice at 4,” University of Illinois Springfield tennis player Druvinka Moraes said. “We don’t have tennis courts at school, so we have to organize to come here (to Washington Park). I don’t have a car, so I depend on teammates.”

Tennis players count on each other off the court and on the court more than you’d think. It is an individual sport and emphasis typically is placed on singles play. But doubles competition plays a role, too.

“The doubles play really sets the tone for the match because that gets our team pumped up,” UIS senior Josh Patrick said. “If we win two out of three doubles, we go on to singles thinking we can win.”

The team was featured in a March 30, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

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