Jan. 11, 2006
Santa Clara, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's tennis team began practice on Monday, January 9th with lofty aspirations in mind. With goals of being nationally ranked and a top-two finish in the West Coast Conference, the gritty band of players went to work. With an intense work ethic, the team came out to the Degheri Tennis Center with a winner take-all attitude.
"I was surprisingly happy after our first two practices!" exclaimed second-year head coach Damon Coupe. "Normally a team comes back from a long break and it takes a couple of days to get back into the swing of things. Not this team. The girls came back hungry."
The Broncos ended the fall playing well but with some nagging injuries. Most of the injuries have healed and the players are practicing like they have something to prove.
"Having the success of last season has really motivated this team to want more. Now that we are beginning our traditional season, I can see the focus in the player's eyes," stated Coupe.
Losing three starters from last year, the team is a little inexperienced in dual-match competition. The veteran players have been teaching the new players about the environment and pressure they are going to face over the next couple of months.
With a hungry attitude, the Broncos open their season at home on January 22nd against California rival Cal Poly. Last year Santa Clara defeated No. 56 Cal Poly on its way to becoming nationally ranked and an overall record of 16-7, the most victories by a SCU squad since the 1997 season.