Collin Tennis Teams Ranked in Top 15

Abhiram Venkatachalam, Collin College Tennis
Photo by KIRK DICKEY

Collin Tennis is in the Top 15 nationally for men and women according to a March 14 poll but has struggled against tough teams in recent matches. Coach Marty Berryman believes the team will improve as the season goes forward. 

"We are excited about being back after the spring break. Many of the players played in individual tournaments while they were off," Coach Berryman said. "Although our season only gets rougher, I expect our teams, both men and women, to be ready."

The women's team is 12thin the nation and 7-6 after recent matches with No. 7 Seward County Community College and The University of Texas at Dallas, losing 7-2 and 9-0 respectively. Andrea Farris came back to force three game sets in both competitions, while Makeilah Turner played tightly throughout her games with a UTD opponent. Collin's women were scheduled to play against Jacksonville College, but the Jaguars were unable to field enough players for a team. 

Sadly, Collin's team recently lost Morgan Simpson to a season-ending torn rotator cuff/right shoulder injury.

Collin's men are ranked 10thin the nation . They are 6-9 overall and recently faced Seward (No. 3 in NJCAA) and No. 20 Jacksonville College in addition to a tilt with UTD. The Cougars picked up a 6-1 win over Jacksonville, taking all three doubles matches and singles wins by Abhiram Venkatachalam, Chris Doyal and Hector Flores. Collin's men came close to victory over the Comets, losing by one set, 4-5. In doubles, Flores and Venkatachalam beat their opponents 8-0, while Doyal and J.C. Garrido won 8-5. John Edwards and Venkatachalam both won singles matches. 

Collin Tennis will return to the Plano Campus Friday, March 29, facing the University of the Ozarks beginning at 2:30 p.m. The teams will hit the road in the meantime, meeting Cowley County College on March 21 and Tyler Junior College on March 23. 

Looking forward, Collin College will also host the SW JUCO Tournament April 12-13. Some of the top junior college teams in the nation will come to Collin for the tourney. Entrance is free and spectators are encouraged to attend. 

Click here for photos from March 1 games and here for photos from March 8.