Looking to redeem itself after a 4-0 loss to South Alabama on Sunday, the Florida A&M men’s tennis team is rebuilding its focus as its match against Nicholls State nears.
The coaches and players said they are rebuilding their focus as their match against Nicholls State on Saturday nears.
FAMU will take on the Colonels in Thibodaux, La. on Saturday at 1 p.m.
To prepare for the match, assistant coach Michael Moore said the team plans to review Sunday’s performance and sharpen any rough areas.
“We are going to go over each player’s strengths and weaknesses from their last match and work more on their weaknesses,” Moore said.
Moore also said the team wants to concentrate on important areas and take control of matches when it has the advantage. He said that it tends to start at a good pace but slows down as the match progresses. Playing with consistency would be the key to a victory, Moore said.
“The goal is to always win,” Moore said. “Want players to improve each week and by the time in April for MEAC everybody is in shape and ready to play.”
Despite beating Nicholls State 6-1 last season, the Rattlers said they understand that this match would not be an easy task.
“I’m sure their definitely looking for revenge,” Taukra Happy said. “We are the main target so we’re going to have to practice harder, train together as a team and always push each other to the limit so we are able to be successful.”
Happy said no one is pleased with the results from the past match and that everyone will come ready to play.
After coming off a tough loss, Salif Kante said the way to bounce back was to take things one match at a time.
“In practice, to prepare we will start back light running, doing drills and just getting ready, Kante said. “There is not much we can do now, it’s just mentally.”
Kante also noted that every player must work as team.
“If one player goes down the whole team will go down. What we need is to support each other and work as a group,” he said.