February 11, 2013

King Tennis Ready to Begin Season Saturday

The men's team finished fourth in the conference last season, and Head Coach Kethan Darbar is excited about the upcoming Tornado Tennis season.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After the King Men's Tennis team finished fourth in the regular season last year, and lost a first round Conference Carolinas Tournament match to Coker, the Tornado are ready to begin the 2013 season.  The women's team was picked 11th in the preseason coaches' poll, but Head Coach Kethan Darbar likes the additions the team made in the offseason.

Both squads worked very hard during the fall season and have trained well in the offseason to prepare for the spring.  "We've had five great weeks doing workouts, conditioning, and working on techniques," stated Darbar.

Last season the men's team went 7-3 in the conference and this year, the Tornado were picked fourth in the preseason coaches' poll.  The Tornado also have four of their top five singles seeds returning this year: junior Rodrigo Avila (Cuernavaca, Mexico), junior Pablo Vidal (Madrid, Spain), junior Leo Brigato (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and senior Patrick Jones (Bluff City, Tenn.)

"I think the men are going to be really good again," stated Darbar.  "Being picked fourth is an honor.  It shows a great deal of respect from other coaches and schools.  It's always going to be tough, so we will try to do our best."

The women's team struggled last year, but Coach Darbar is excited about the chance to improve this season.  "I think we are going to do much better than we did last year," stated Darbar.

Both the men's and women's teams have some newcomers to the squad who should make an impact.  "We have Mariana Hosomi (Sao Paulo, Brazil) on the girls' side," said Darbar.  "And we have William Boyce (Nesles la Valle, France) and Trevor Harris (Red Springs, N.C.) on the guys' side, so I think they are going to help us a lot this year. "

The Tornado have some key matches at home this year as well.  "We have Queens and Limestone, so it really will be really good to play them at home," said Darbar.  "It's going to be tough, but having the crowd behind us will help us a lot."  Both Queens and Limestone finished in the top-four for the men's and women's regular seasons last year.

King University Men's and Women's Tennis will begin their season this Saturday, Feb. 11, at the KU Tennis Complex against Mars Hill with first service scheduled for 1:00 p.m.