Techsters swing for wins

April 20, 2011

by Hayden Haynes, SPORTS REPORTER

The Lady Techster tennis team has clinched a winning season for the first time since 1996.

This is only the seventh winning season in the program’s 35-year history.

The Lady Techsters have brought home 11 wins with only seven losses, yet they suffer a problem.

They have yet to get their first Western Athletic Conference win.

Head Coach Quintin Yray has been the Techsters coach for five years and contributes the success this year to one thing: “better recruits.”

Tech has gone abroad recruiting by obtaining student-athletes from all over the world, including South Africa, the Netherlands, Russia, France and Poland.

In the four previous seasons, the Techsters have been shut out 42 times.

This season, they have had just two shut outs, which is big, considering they were averaging more than 10 per season the last four years.

“Every week, we practice and play our best,” Yray said. “When you get on the court, if you practice like you should have, all I can ask is you give 100 percent. If you have done that, then you have done your job.”

As the Techsters wrap up and look forward, Yray looks to the future and continuing to make his once winless team, a staunch competitor.

“My focus is winning the WAC,” Yray said. “I have never stopped thinking about that. Just because we had a winning season, I mean that is a good start, but the fact is I just want to win.”

The Techsters will finish the regular season in Ruston on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Nevada (10-9).

The WolfPack is coming off of a 4-3 win over nationally-ranked Boise State and have only one WAC loss.

Saturday’s game will be at the Louisiana Tech Tennis Complex.

Tech students are encouraged to come cheer on their fellow students and what Yray said would be a game played at 100 percent.

“If students want to see someone give 100 percent and if they want to know what it is like to watch someone play at 100 percent then come out and watch,” he said.

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