Cautiously Optimistic
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Cautiously Optimistic

Head Tennis Coach, Mark Elliot, has very high expectations for this 2009 spring season. The men’s team has age and experience on their side, with six seniors and one sophomore in the top seven slots.

The Men’s team has two exciting new additions to its lineup – both Gabriel Altmayer and Timur Kamilou will be joining. Kamilou, is a brand new addition to the team and school. He is from Tashkent, Uzbekistan and previously played at Lander University as a freshman in spring of 2008. However, Altmayer, is a familiar name on North Greenville’s campus. He has been a vital member of the tennis program at NGU for several years now. Last season, unfortunately Altmayer had to take a medical sabbatical, but has returned this year healthy and ready to play.

Feb. 5 is the Crusaders’ first match, where they will take on Shaw University.

The team beat Shaw three years ago, but has not played them since due to weather cancellations. Towards the beginning of the season, the team will play ten-time national champs, Lander University, as well as two Division I teams. The season starts off with a pretty difficult Schedule. “I like playing a tough schedule – tough teams are a better test and make our players better,” commented Elliot.

The only uncertainty with this team rests with Tomas Kurhajec. Kurhajec just came off knee surgery and he has yet to be released by his doctor as being healthy enough to play. “Tomas is a very hard worker and I anticipate him to be at full speed by March,” said Elliot

If Kurhajec does in fact get released right away he will hold one of the top seven slots as will newcomer Kamilou, returner Altmayer, and veterans Juan Carlos Aguilera, William Ho, Guilherme Vasquez and Jacob Rogers. The order of players as well as partners for pairs are still to be determined and will most likely change some throughout the season, predicts Elliot.

With this seasons All-start line up, NGU just might be able to win back their NCCAA national title which they held for seven years up until last season.