Tigerville, SC – North Greenville University men’s and women’s team finished their season strong, pulling out some great victories against strong tennis teams. The men’s tennis team finished their season with the record 4-13, while the women’s tennis team finished with the record 7-13 under new coach, Tomas Kurhajec.
“We started our season slow but have improved with each match,” said Kurhajec. The Lady Crusaders finished up their season by qualifying for the Conference Carolinas Tennis Tournament in Sumter, South Carolina, where they came close to defeating the #2 women’s tennis team, Limestone college, but were defeated after a hard fight and ending with the score of 5-4. “ Our team played incredibly well during that match. I saw my players fighting for every point in their matches till it was over. My team proved to the other teams there what it meant to fight hard till the end,” said Kurhajec.
Both teams had difficult schedules this season. They played against some nationally ranked tennis teams, such as Lander University, Francis Marion University, USC Aiken, etc. “I really believe that playing with strong tennis teams made us stronger because we gained experience from playing against nationally ranked players,” said Kurhajec.
“We are losing five seniors this season; therefore, recruiting new players has and will be my main focus over the summer,” said Kurhajec. Though these seniors will be greatly missed by their teammates and coach, Coach Kurhajec mentioned that he is excited to see how the Lord will use them in the future. As for now, the remaining players will begin conditioning on their own and training during the summer in preparation for next season. “Though our season did not finish as strong as we had hoped, we are already gearing up for next season and hope to start out stronger, practice harder, and expand the tennis program within the new tennis facility that the players are excited to practice and play their home matches on.”
Some final thoughts from the players regarding this past season 2012/2013:
The encouragement and motivation I had from the coaches and my teammates were the reason for making it the best tennis season of my life! - Muriel Adib
TEAM was the word for me this season. Coach, Assistant coach Fred, number 1 to number 7, everyone working, losing, winning, fighting together, we finished this season as a TEAM, as a big family. And I am happy and honored to be part of this team. - Aline Ribeiro
After countless struggles at the beginning of the season it was hard to see that we would have a good season. Heart for the game and for each other quickly changed how we overcame selfishness and turned it into selflessness. I am grateful to God for giving me an unforgettable opportunity with this team this year. - Haley Hardwick
We went through a lot this year. We faced every possible obstacle. But I can honestly say I’m so proud and honored to be a part of this amazing group of girls. - Rebecca Beacham
It was a really hard year for the team, but we are a team and managed to hold everything together and have a good ending to our season. - Susane Lenz
I could not be more thankful for the ability God has given me to play tennis and for the people he has put in my life to help me get better. I love this team and I am very blessed to be a part of it. This 2012/2013 season has been the best I have had in my 3 years on the NGU tennis team and I am looking forward to one last incredible senior year. - Victoria Gomez
I think this year was a tough year for everyone on the team, but I’m so proud of the way we kept fighting and never gave up. I think that we all came together at the end, which helped us to finish strong. - Maggie Elliott
This season was about working hard to play better, support my teammates, and maintaining a positive, Christ-like attitude in every match regardless the outcome. I enjoyed every single day of it, and thank my coach as well as my teammates for the wonderful experience. - Guilherme Ferreira
Playing on the team this season was awesome. I made many awesome friends and learned to be a better tennis player than I thought I would be. - John Melson
This was not the way I dreamed of finishing my college career in terms of the results we had this year, but overall I have really enjoyed not just this season, but all four years of tennis at North Greenville University. Working with coach Kurhajec during my senior year was a great privilege, and I am sure he will have great success in future years due to his professionalism and seriousness. - Hugo Ciarrocchi
It was a new challenge for me, and I tried to do my best. I need to thank my doubles partner (Guilherme Ferreira), my teammates, and in special our coach for all the learning. I hope next season, with new recruits and new tennis courts, will be much better. For those who gave their best in each point, I just want to say THANK YOU. - Sergio Araujo Filho
This season was a great building experience and I had a lot of fun. - James Klempin
This season was difficult with injuries, but it helped me spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally mature and get more disciplines. - Jared Ainbinder
Some how frustrating for not being able to play and then help my team, but quite satisfying to remain part of the team and compete with enjoying my last ... - Frederico Vieira