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.
Tuesday, 16 March 2011
We woke up to wet a morning in Greenville and the rain continued to pour down all day. Our match was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Spartanburg, but due to the weather and indoor court availability, it was rescheduled for 8:30 p.m. at Furman’s indoor facility. The team went out to get acclimated to the Furman indoor courts in the morning from 11-12. We then went in different directions for lunch, and most of the team headed back to the hotel to rest and relax before the late night of tennis. Around 3 p.m., the coaches went to watch the Furman/Buffalo match, and Gary and I joined to string rackets and scout out some of our future opponents. The rest of the team met for dinner at 5 p.m. then headed to Furman to play the Wofford Terriers. We had to wait until the Furman/Buffalo match was completed, and thus our warm-ups were cut short. But that late, we were all ready to start the match. Wofford came out strong in the doubles and jumped out to a 1-0 lead winning at the #1 and #2 spots. Our team of Jang-Milsten and Isoh were the lone Black Knight victory.
Due to only four indoor courts, singles matches were put on in order of which matches were completed (one of the doubles was still being played and thus not all players were ready to go on in order: 1,2,3, etc). The singles got underway with Asika at #1, Donald at #2, and Henry at #6. Both Asika and Henry dropped the first set before dominating their second sets but falling in a 10-point tiebreaker for the third. Donald played very strong both sets and earned the first point for the Army team. Kush added to our total with an overwhelming performance and that left the match score 3-2 Wofford with Alex and I left on court. At that point, we rode the momentum we've built as a team the past few matches to another victory. Alex tied the match up at 3-all, and a few points later, I won a tiebreaker for the second set in order to give us the victory. The match was completed in the early morning hours, and the team went back to the hotel to recover as much as possible before Wednesday’s match against Buffalo. The 4-3 score doesn’t reflect our performance. One tiebreaker gave Wofford the doubles point and the two singles points they put up were won in third set tiebreakers which usually aren’t used unless the team match has already been decided. We are looking stronger than ever and look to keep the wins rolling! GO ARMY!