Collin College Tennis kicked off with its first official games of the season Jan. 25, hosting the University of Northern Colorado (photos). We thought it would be a good time to catch up with Coach Marty Berryman and ask about his outlook for the season.
How do the men's and women's teams look overall this year?
Both teams are ranked in the top 15 nationally in the NJCAA Division one poll. We have made progress with our doubles teams. I feel doubles will be one of our strengths, along with a new conditioning program for the spring and added experience.
I like where we are and I think before long we can break into the top 10 with both teams!
I'm also starting my 30th year campaign at Collin college.
What was your takeaway from the fall tennis season?
Both the men and women made great strides this fall. I am looking forward to the spring.
At the ITA regional in Tyler this fall, Sonja Dobrowolski and Nicole Maldonado made it all the way to the semi-finals.
Who are the standout players on your teams this season?
On the men's team: John Edwards and Abriam Venkatachalam, both sophomores, have really benefited from their experience from last year and this fall. I expect both to be in our top six, both competing and leading the way!
A big surprise for us is how well our German player, Sonja Dobrowolski, has adapted to college tennis her freshman year. She's our number one player. She did very well at ITA regionals this fall!
Also, we are returning two sophomores from last year who will be playing in the top four spots: Makeilah Turner and Nicole Maldonado. Both teams play and feed off one another. They have a great team presence!
What opponents or tournaments are you most looking forward to?
As always, we are playing NCAA DII teams that are nationally ranked along with the top-ranked teams in the NJCAA. We are also hosting three major tournaments.
- Feb. 8-9 – Super BASH, a women-only NJCAA tournament with 8-10 teams, including three top national teams. Some of the schools will include Tyler College, Seward County Community College, Cowley College, Barton College, North Central Texas College, Central Iowa, St. Petersburg College, and E. Arizona College.
- Feb. 15-16 – Super Six will bring Southwestern College (Kansas), Texas A&M at Texarkana, Texas Wesleyan University, University of the Southwest, Jacksonville College and New Mexico Military Institute.
- April 12-13 – Southwest JUCO will welcome Tyler College, Barton College, Cowley College, New Mexico Military Institute, Jacksonville College (men), North Central Texas College (women), Laredo College and Seward College.
See the full tennis schedule at the bottom of the homepage.