@Patriotstennis set to open season on Saturday

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
by Hunter Dooley

TYLER – The UT Tyler tennis teams are set to begin their 2018 seasons on Saturday against McMurry and Hardin-Simmons at the Summers Tennis Center under the leadership of first-year head coach Adam Cohen.

“I am very excited for our season opener this weekend,” Cohen said. “We have two good opponents coming in for a doubleheader on Saturday and then our men will play St. Edwards on Sunday. Overall, I will be looking for our team to show the passion I see every day at practice.”

Cohen comes from Mesa Community College, where he coached from 2007-17 and advanced to the national tournament 17 times. He is excited about starting his first season with the Patriots, which also includes the men’s team playing St. Edward’s in College Station at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

Both teams are coming off four straight ASC championships and are picked to win the ASC East Division title again this season.

The men’s team had a 19-8 overall record in 2017 and went a perfect 4-0 in conference. They are returning seven All-ASC players, including ITA All-American Arthur Fagundes and 2017 Freshman of the Year Daniel Rodriguez. Fagundes and sophomore Gabriel Hidalgo were placed on the ASC Preseason Players to Watch list.

As for the women’s team, they look to continue their winning tradition after a 2017 record of 13-9 overall and 4-0 in conference. They are returning five ASC All-East Division players, including all-conference junior Alexandra McKissick and senior Alexis Arrieta. The ASC named senior transfer Marisa Quevedo and freshman Caitlyn Cox to the Preseason Players to Watch List.

The teams will start their seasons at 9 a.m. against Hardin-Simmons and then face McMurry at 2 p.m. at the Summers Tennis Center on Saturday before the men’s team plays at 11 a.m. on Sunday on Texas A&M’s campus against their NCAA Division II opponent from Austin.

“We have a special group of players that are capable of achieving more than what anybody realizes,” Cohen said. “We will be a fun team to watch and we encourage everyone to come out and get loud. College tennis is all about energy and pride from both the players and fans.”