Collin College's tennis teams have been battling through some tough competition to start the season, but their performance has been strong according to Coach Marty Berryman.
"Our season is never easy, but in the first half of the season we play a lot of four-year universities who are nationally ranked in Division II and III," Berryman said. "We have been competitive in all of the matches and won a lot of individual matches. I feel like we are further ahead this year than we were at this time last spring."
The Collin men's team came into the season ranked eighth in the country. The women's team is ranked 10th in the United States. Coach Berryman said those are good rankings, but the teams will have to fight to keep them.
The women's team showed their toughness against Texas Wesleyan on Feb. 7, coming back from a three-point deficit to win 4-3. Freshman Cameron Ward won in three sets, while Lily Hostetter, Paula Acosta, and Mariah Gonzalez all picked up singles wins in the latter part of the day to help right the ship.
On the same trip, Collin's men picked up a 6-1 win over Texas Wesleyan. The men's doubles teams swept their three matches. Adam O'Shannessy, Tom Golden, Valentine Rivadeo, Kameron Dehart, and Alec Dos Santos each picked up wins to seal the victory.
The men also picked up a 5-4 win over Dallas Baptist University to start the month before facing off against No. 5 Eastern Florida State College at home Feb. 14.