By: Sydney Graff
The HSU men’s and women’s tennis teams battled Dallas Baptist University, a D2 school, on Oct. 9. The men’s team prevailed 6-3, while the women’s team fell short, 2-7. The dual matches motivated the teams to keep working hard.
Prior to spring break last semester, the young teams were genuinely starting to come together. Though COVID-19 ended their spring season early, HSU Coach Shane Williford had high praise for the teams. “Both teams came out prepared, hungry, and ready to show their potential,” Williford said. “Our momentum from last year carried over to this semester.”
Davyn Williford and Des O’Shea, both players for the men’s team, shared some thoughts about the team’s victory against DBU. “We flipped things around this fall and dominated most of the matches,” O’Shea said. “It was a way to end the fall on a positive note with a big win over a great D2 team.”
Williford shared similar thoughts about this season. “It was definitely a big confidence boost for our team,” Williford said. “It puts in perspective how much better we have gotten since last year. I think the trajectory is only up from here for our team because we are only working harder in the off-season and pre-season.”
The team is thankful to President Eric Bruntmyer and Dr. John Neese, athletic director, for the opportunity to compete this semester. Their goals for this year would not be possible without the chance to continue to compete and improve.
The next home match for the teams will be Feb. 5. Come and root for your fellow Cowboys and Cowgirls on the court.