The Seminole State College men's tennis team entered Spring Break with a dual match record of 9 wins and 1 loss, picking up two wins over Newman University and Prairie View A&M University in Dallas, Texas.
On Saturday, March 17th, the Trojans faced off against Newman University, which is an NCAA Division 2 University from Wichita, Kansas. The match was played at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas, Texas, where former Trojan Craig Bell is the Head Tennis Teaching pro there. Also playing for Newman University was Evgeniy Kim, who just recently finished playing for the SSC men's team and transferred to Newman for the spring semester. The Trojan men would start off hot, winning all three doubles matches by scores of 8-5 at #1 doubles, 8-3 at #2 doubles, and 9-7 at #3 doubles. Singles would go much of the same way for SSC, losing only one match at #1 singles where Edgar Vitkovski lost a tight one 7-6; 7-5. All other SSC men won their singles in straight sets, to win the dual overall 8-1.
On Sunday, March 18th, the Trojan men faced off against Prairie View A&M University, an NCAA D1 University from Prairie View, Texas. The match was played at Frisco High School, in the North Dallas area. The Trojan men again started off strong by winning all three doubles matches, taking a 3-0 lead. PVU would fight back though in singles, taking two out of the six singles matches, that would not be enough though, as SSC would take the dual match 7-2.
"It was great to pick up two good wins over Universities heading into Spring Break. This was our first time to ever beat an NCAA Division 1 school; so it's good to see that we are progressing to get stronger as a team," said head coach Brian Nelson. Nelson continued, "I like how our men's team is coming together, now that we have played ten dual matches so far this spring, some of the new guys are really starting to get it and see what needs to be done. The men will all get a week off, but will get right back to work with four matches the week after Spring Break."