Feb 3, 2014 7:24 AM by Kristen Holloway
Coming off 14 wins last season the UL Women's Tennis Team is on the road this week for the start of their spring season. Three ladies were added to the line up this year and while their tennis careers are already on fire, they're eager to continue their streak as a Ragin' Cajun.
"You know we're going to set our goals a little bit higher than that and at least match our total but there's going to be some challenges, the competition is tough this year," said Head Coach Greg Harkins.
In his fourth season, Harkins says he couldn't be more proud of his team because they perform on and off the court.
"It's an international sport at this level so learning to deal with the heaviness of the ball, the speed, the conditioning, the training on court, the fitness, its a much stronger game at this level," said Harkins.
Alex Way, a freshman, stepped off the plane from her native Australia ranked 117th. That ranking earned her a full scholarship at UL.
"Coming over here the girls have been great, the environment has been great and we're getting pretty pumped to start," said Way.
"We'd love to win and we'd love to get to the conference finals and all of that but I guess just seeing how far we can go and have fun with it."
Nelo Phiri, a Junior college transfer, says she's set high expectations for herself this year now that she's at UL.
"Here my goal is to just play my best and be happy for my next year and of college and getting to conference and trying to win conference," said Phiri.
A new season, a new team but Coach Harkins says they always have the same goal.
"What we've worked on is building the team culture and the environment and hopefully we can challenge for conference championships and national rankings," said Harkins.
Like Coach Harkins mentioned the ladies perform off the court, the team is number one in athletics with all the ladies having the highest overall cumulative GPA. Their next match is Wednesday in Baton Rouge against Southern. The match starts at 2p.m.