SE Tennis gearing up

by Andreea Georgescu

Staff writer

The Southeastern men’s and women’s tennis teams are getting closer every day to their first match of the spring semester.

The men’s tennis team has its first match on Tuesday, Feb. 21 against Austin, Texas.

The event will take place at the SE tennis courts, located across from Paul Laird Field.

The men’s tennis team added two new players this semester, Renato João, a freshman from São Paulo, Brazil, and Laurent Veith, a freshman from Oberhoffen-sur-Moder, France.

João said, “The first reason I chose Southeastern over other schools that I had offers from is because here they gave me a better scholarship. The second reason was that Southeastern has a good business program in which I am interested.”

“I am really excited to start my first season here at Southeastern and I hope I am going to have great matches,” he added.

The women’s tennis team has its first match Friday, Feb. 10 at the Collin County Tournament. The first home match will be on Tuesday, Feb. 21 against Austin, Texas.

“I am so proud of my team so far, and I am looking forward to a great season,” said women’s tennis coach Pat Mauldin.

The women’s tennis team features eight returning players from last semester and didn’t recruit any new players this semester.

“I hope we can do well in our new conference as a team and support each other,” said sophomore Caitlin Bell. “Since we graduated so many players last spring, this season will be a testament to how well we can adapt to changes.”


New to the men’s tennis team, freshman Renato Joao prepares to serve his way to SE greatness during practice on Tuesday, Jan. 24. (Staff photo by Andreea Georgescu)


Fabiola Juarez prepares to volley during Tuesday, Jan. 24’s practice. The women’s tennis team will be competing at the Collin County Tournament Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11. (Staff photo by Andreea Georgescu)


Caitlin Bell follows through on a serve during practice on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The men’s and women’s tennis teams will host Austin, Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 21. (Staff photo by Andreea Georgescu)