Mens tennis hopes to beat last year’s record wins

Senior captain Patrick Ogden prepares for the coming season.

Senior captain Patrick Ogden prepares for the coming season.

With their first match only days away, the Norwich university tennis team has been hard at work to prepare for their opener against Castleton on March 4.

With the addition of four freshmen to the team, Marc-Olivier Tourigny, Jeffery Purdy, Hadley Ellis, and Mason Madison, the team is really working hard to beat the record-setting season it had last year according to the team’s captain.

“We finished last season 8-2 which is the best record the team has had in the last seven years” said senior Ryan Grindle.

“With the new freshmen that we have, they bring a lot of raw talent to the team which is going to make our line-up a lot stronger this year,” said sophomore co-captain Ian Hyte.

The team practices Monday through Friday working on skills and drills to hone in their abilities that will help them on the court in upcoming matches.

Grindle, who is an electrical and computer engineering major from Essex Junction, Vt., said, “We start off practice with strength and conditioning and then we move to warm ups where we work on serves and ground strokes.”

The team lost three starters from last year, Joe Dvorak, John Margaret, and Christian Hoskey and the team this year include Tyler Eagan, Ian Hyte, Ryan Grindle, Patrick Ogden, and Jay Carter.

“I’m looking forward to the season the other members of the team have been really nice and helpful,” said freshmen Marc-Oliver Tourigny from Drummondville, Quebec.

The upcoming season presents many challenging matches that include Suffolk on April 11 and Johnson and Wales on April 18.

“We have some tough matches this season and have been really working hard to be able to make those matches easy for us,” said Hyte, a criminal justice major from Marblehead, Mass.

For the 2015 season the captains are Ryan Grindle with co-captain Patrick Ogden, and Ian Hyte, who won the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference last season.

“I really look up to the captains this year because they work hard and are determined to make this seasons one of the best that Norwich tennis has seen,” said Tourigny.

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