Lopes compete in intrasquad tournament to fill void
By: Maria Adams/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
It was a DIY season.
Grand Canyon University Club Tennis faced the harsh disappointment of what appeared to be a completely canceled 2020-21 season. When the regular leagues and tournaments were postponed for the year, Lopes’ Head Coach Ed Prudhomme decided to take advantage of GCU’s large roster and formed one large singles tournament within the team.
“I realized it was something we should have done years ago,” said Prudhomme. “It got everyone on the team involved, and the players enjoyed it so much they asked if we could continue to do it in the future.”
The Lopes met as a team twice a week at GCU Tennis Facility on the GCU campus, where they participated in practice drills, skill development training, and friendly competition against each other.
Lopes’ senior Lauren Jergens, the winner of GCU’s singles tournament for the females, witnessed how this past season shaped the squad – both on and off the courts.
“Despite the challenges, we still were able to have a lot of fun while improving our tennis game,” said Jergens. “Everyone on the team got really close – even the new teammates. A lot of the team would hang out together outside of practice.”
It was Lopes’ senior Alessio Ferro that was crowned champion on the men’s side of the tournament with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over sophomore Kosta Garger.
“It was a fun moment when I won the team tournament,” said Ferro. “It was definitely an extra competitive match because it was against one of my best friends.”
While the Lopes made the most out of their entirely in-house season, Prudhomme still longed for the opportunity to showcase the team’s abilities.
“I am really bummed that we did not get to compete this year because I might have had the most talented group GCU Club Tennis has seen, but we will never know,” said Prudhomme. “We did have a big influx of freshmen that are really good players, and that makes me excited for the next couple of years.”
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