Senior Tripp Johnson will author a blog throughout the week as the men's tennis team spends Spring Break in South Carolina. The Army men's tennis team will participate in the Chick-Fil-A Doubles Invitational and three other dual matches while on break. Johnson is the lone senior on Army's 2011 roster and hails from Hickory, N.C.
Sunday, 13 March 2011
We started the day by meeting at 11 a.m. for a quick lunch on our way to Furman University to compete in the Keowee Mountain Resort Doubles Shoot-Out. The competition pitted the Army team against Furman’s doubles teams, as well as some local men’s players from the Greenville area. I teamed with Donald Van Velzer to go undefeated on the day (2-0), as did the teams of Andrew Clark/Rommel Verano and Dan Shaffer/Josh Cook. Asika Isoh teamed with Henry Jang-Milsten to go 1-1 in the doubles competition. Alex Holland teamed with Gary Kushnirovich for the first time this season and also went 1-1 on the day. This year, the team has adjusted much quicker to playing outdoors, and the doubles competition gave us a good chance to see some tough competition before competing in our dual matches. Our team had a lot of support for the doubles action, as family and friends of Army Tennis came out to watch the event. After the matches, we enjoyed a team dinner at Liberty Grill before calling it an early evening. Everyone is playing well, and we are glad to be injury-free heading into a week of competition.
Monday, 14 March 2011
We were greeted with a cool, overcast morning as we arrived at the Furman Tennis Center to practice, but things warmed up nicely for us to enjoy getting to play outdoors. Monday’s practice focused mainly on singles in contrast to the past couple days where doubles were emphasized. We all warmed-up and played a set of singles with another teammate before finishing up with a couple doubles drills and the infamous “Overhead Game.” Gary “Kush” Kushnirovich and Alex “Big Country” Holland, along with myself, teamed to defeat the rest of the Black Knights (along with the great feeds of Coach Rowley). On the courts opposite our team, the Buffalo men’s team practiced for their match on Tuesday against the Furman Paladins.
In the evening, we went to pick up the remaining Black Knight, Alan Xu, from the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport on our way to Keowee Mountain Resort. The team was treated to a cookout by a friend of Coach Poling’s, and Donald took over as grill master extraordinaire, cooking burgers and ‘dogs for the team and supporters of Army Athletics. Another great day on spring break ended back at our hotel in downtown Greenville. Tomorrow the weather forecast looks a little dicey, so our match against the Wofford Terriers may be moved to the evening. Stay posted for more updates from the road! GO ARMY!