Rattlers claim 2010 HBCU title

Florida A&M can now boast about having a 2010 national championship team.

The men’s tennis team dominated the competition at the 10th annual HBCU National Championship held at the South Fulton Tennis Center in College Park, Ga.

The men’s team swept all three singles flights and both doubles flights. Junior Levan Clark contributed the first win, taking flight A.

Sophomore Childi Gabriel continued the trend winning flight B and sophomore Temuera Asafu-adjaye rounded out the singles sweep with his win in flight C.

In doubles play, Childi Gabriel and reigning Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) rookie of the year Takura Happy won flight A.

Asafu-adjaye partnered with Maurice Wamukowa against fellow Florida A&M teammates Fabrice Myrtil and Marc Atkinson to complete the sweep of the tournaments events.

Head coach Carl Goodman praised his teams efforts for the tournament.

“With Levan Clark and Childi Gabriel being new our players were nothing short of outstanding during the tournament,” coach Goodman said.

“I’m very proud of the guys and how they performed in their first competition as a team.”

Senior Michael Moore believes the tournament has raised the bar for the teams expectations going into the rest of the season.

“I feel like it’s a big accomplishment because a sweep has never been done before.” Moore said. “The new players put everyone on notice that we have strength in our depth and shows that we aren’t trying to be the top MEAC program, but one of the top programs in the country.”

Coach Goodman saw traits in his team that he hopes will continue throughout the season.

“Being able to withstand the pressure as a team and prevail at such a high level, helps better prepare us for the test that we will see the rest of season.”