College Diaries 2015 part 4
Unfortunately, our historic season came to an end to the hands of the 14th ranked team, Ole Miss. Ole Miss are definitely the best team we have come up against this year and this definitely showed over the course of the match. Each player on their team had at least one ATP point and their number one player is currently ranked 426 in the world. We knew going into the match it was going to be a tough ask, but we knew what kind of level we would be up against.
We knew we would be playing against a half decent crowd as Ole Miss were hosting the tournament. But we definitely did not let this phase us as we had been up against this type of opposition and hostile crowd on several occasions this season. We went into doubles play fearless. All three of our pairings have played well throughout the season, and we knew we had a genuine shot at taking the doubles point. Ronald and I were on an 8 match winning streak, and after nearly upsetting one of the best doubles teams in the nation earlier on in the season; we knew we had a great chance. Ronald got broken 1st game of the match. It was a poor game from both of us. However, we put it behind us and managed to find ourselves 5-6 down, we knew we had to break here, with the match starting to slip away from us. Fortunately, Taba decided to string a few returns in, and with a cheeky backhand return down the line followed by a run in put away volley from myself, we managed to snatch a break much to the surprise of the home crowd. Unfortunately, our efforts were not enough, and with the math tied at 7 games all and 1-0 us in the breaker…. (Take that as a W for Coyne and Mataba) the doubles point had already been decided in the favour of Ole Miss.
Singles play was a little more of a one sided affair that doubles. In all fairness they (Ole Miss) stepped up in singles and really showed their ranking. Despite the effort from all of the boys, they made light work of us and managed to grab 3 quick victories and take the match 4-0.
Overall, it was a great season from everybody, we managed to win the programs first ever conference title and win the school’s first berth into the NCAA tournament. It was a great experience and we want to be back in this same position next year. Just not in Oxford, Mississppi preferably….
Since the NCAAs, I have been recovering from my knee surgery, which went very well but has definitely hit me worse than I fist imagined. I never knew being bed bound would be so hard. It’s going to be a long recovery process but I’m sure I will come back fitter and stronger. Right, enough of the cliché garbage…….
I hope everyone has a great summer and I’ll be back blogging in the Autumn!