Archive for February 19th, 2009


Tampa- Day 2

Our second full day in Tampa started just as the previous, with early morning breakfast before practice at 9:30am. Only this morning breakfast almost didn’t happen when the first Cats to make their way to the kitchen realized the dishes hadn’t been washed the night before, making bowls and spoons hard to come by. Along with the dishes, the milk was running out only to be saved by a last minute Publix run by Coach Gastonguay. Once the milk arrived everyone was able to have their cereal even if they had to eat it with a large cooking spoon or out of a mug.


Now that breakfast was over the players could concentrate on practice, more doubles work for both the men and women. It was important for the women to prepare themselves for the match later in the day versus Hillsborough CC, while the men’s doubles combinations are still a mystery. Both teams had their best practice of the short season, but coming at a good time with each teams first match coming up.


As the sun rose high in the sky, it was the Bobcat women who were heating up the court in doubles play against host HCC. Taking down the defending NJCAA National Champion Hawks would be no easy task, but the intensity and focus was there for us from the start. Starting off on a winning note was Alex and Jean at #3 doubles, followed by Brooke and Erika at the #2 spot. With Erika’s big time serving game and that aggressive volleying Brooke is known for, their opponents were barely able to get anything going. After the three doubles matches, we were up 2-1, just the start we needed.



In singles, Jean must have wanted to cheer her teammates on more than play because she was off the court before anyone else had finished their first set, getting the win at the #6 spot. As the rest of the team battled hard deep into their second set, Meg was busy getting the Cat’s fifth point, clinching the first victory of the season for the Bates women. (Post match interview to be posted at a later date).



Caryn, playing #1, played one of the best matches of her career against a very talented opponent. As the sun dropped in the sky, Caryn drilled forehands moving her athletic adversary corner to corner as the match eventually moved to night. Both ladies kept the crowd on the edge of their seats playing outstanding tennis with the HCC #1 coming out on top in a tiebreak in the second set. Though not everyone was able to be victorious today, the team win was the goal and it felt good to get the first win of the 2009 season.


Members of the men’s and women’s teams did a great job cheering on their housemates through the three hour match. This enthusiasm on and off the court will hopefully help us reach our goals this season. The most notable fan was Reiss, who not only cheered for the Cats, but made time to support some of the Hawks as well.










February 2009


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