As the Pacific University men’s tennis team gears up for the NCAA conference tournament, they will get an opportunity to take a step back and reconnect with their roots in the tennis alumni match.
Set up in a round robin style tournament, current players will play 30 minute matches against an alumni opponent before rotating among the different courts.
Eventually, the alumni and current players will be mixed together, giving everybody who shows up an opportunity to play a variety of different opponents.
The alumni game will feature both recent graduates from the university as well as older alumni.
Although typically the women’s team is involved as well as the men’s team in the match, they will be unable to attend this year as they have conference matches in Washington against Whitworth and Whitman that same weekend.
“For us it’s a good time of the year because for the men, they know that they have the conference tournament coming up in a couple of weeks and this provides a little bit of a mental break,” emphasized head coach Brian Jackson.
The alumni match is regarded as much more of a social event, allowing players old and new to share stories and experiences that they had during their time as boxer tennis players.
Jackson believes it is important for the alumni to stay connected to the program and encourage the current players in their journey to the NCAA conference tournament.