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Feb
09

Tampa-Day 1

After an early, New England morning for both Bobcat teams, everyone was happy to see the bright Florida sun as they stepped off the plane in Tampa on Monday. The men and women traveled to the tennis capital of the world to endure several tough practices, matches, and more than one sunburn. Having spent the last few months hitting on the indoor courts of Merrill Gym, it was certainly an adjustment for the players dealing with the wind, sun, and fast courts.

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Under the shadow of both the Yankees’ Steinbrenner Stadium as well as the Big Sombrero where the Super Bowl was just held a few shorts weeks ago, the Cats had a tiring, but valuable few hours of practice. The women had little time to waste with their first match against NJCAA National Champion Hillsborough Community College coming on Wednesday afternoon.  With the morning session focusing more on singles and point play, the intensity really picked up during the afternoon doubles practice.

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Fortunately, the men have one extra day compared to the women before their match against DII Eckerd College. The main goal for the men in the morning was to find a groove on their strokes and get used to playing tennis outdoors again. The afternoon practice saw just as much hard work as the morning, also focusing on doubles.

 

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Of course what would a day full of tennis be without ending it with some conditioning. Led by senior Mike Sherman and junior Ryan Mannelly, both teams pushed through the afternoon heat to prepare themselves for those long three set matches later in the season.  To the surprise of the coaches, everyone seemed to have enough energy for a quick dip in the pool back at home as the sun set on our first day in Florida. 

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