05/09 - TBA
MTN vs NCAA First and Second Round - Day 1
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MTN vs NCAA First and Second Round - Day 2
05/11 - TBA
MTN vs NCAA First and Second Round - Day 3
05/15 - TBA
MTN vs NCAA Final Round
05/16 - TBA
MTN vs NCAA Final Round - Day 2
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MTN vs NCAA Final Round - Day 3
05/18 - TBA
MTN vs NCAA Final Round - Day 4
College is a time for individual growth, finding oneself and starting on a path that could lead to much greater endeavors in one’s life. It is also the time to learn time management skills, how to live without parents watching your every step and learning to socialize with others from all over the world. When athletics is thrown into a young adult’s life as a student-athlete, these aspects of college life tend to increase. Student-athletes are not only measured by their performance on the courts or fields, they also, like normal college students and must perform well in the classroom to succeed. While four years sounds like a long time coming in as a freshman, one can blink and realize how fast time flies.
Senior tennis players Gregoire Lehmann and Mike Ward moved far away from home just four short years ago in order to enhance their academic careers while also being able to further their tennis careers. Lehmann, from Aix en Provence, France and Ward, from Knutsford, England traveled a little but further than most students to attend the University of Arkansas, but say they have loved every minute of it.
“I didn’t know very much about Arkansas before I came here,” Lehmann said. “When I came on my recruiting visit I had a great visit and fell in love with the city and university. The guys, I could tell would be awesome teammates, I knew the coaches would help me to be the best tennis player I could be and the facilities here are amazing.”
During the 2013 spring season Ward and Lehmann paired up for doubles play and collected many solid wins for the Razorbacks including a very fitting clinch point on senior day against No. 3 Georgia. Both Ward and Lehmann have had very successful tennis careers at Arkansas and they both talk about how much the team means to them.
“Back home when you play tennis it is an individual sport,” Ward said. “Coming here and being able to be part of a team was amazing. It’s a lot different having teammates and coaches you get to see every day. You win as a team and you lose as a team, we are all in it together and I have really enjoyed that aspect.”
Twenty-sixth year head coach, Robert Cox has seen many tennis players come in to Arkansas, grow up and mature as players and as young men, graduate and move on to bigger and better things; it will be no different for these two seniors.
“I am very proud of both of these young men,” Coach Cox said. “It has been a blessing to have them be a part of the program these past four years. They both leave this program in better shape than when they arrived.”
Ward closes his career at Arkansas with over 50 singles victories, the highest on the roster currently. Ward came in as a freshman and made an impact right away taking 14 singles victories his freshman year. He was also ranked nationally in doubles play his sophomore and junior seasons.
“Mike has come a long way from his freshman year,” Coach Cox said. “He has matured tremendously on and off the court and I am so pleased with his progress. Mike will graduate next December and we will all miss him and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Lehmann, like Ward played a prominent role all four years he played for the Razorbacks. Lehmann broke the top-125 rankings for singles players this season while sitting at the number one position for Arkansas. He has also collected almost 50 singles victories for his career.
“What can you say about Greg,” Coach Cox said. “Playing at the No. 1 spot in SEC play in not an easy task. He has had his ups and downs, but in his last match against Alabama he competed like a champion. Greg has matured as a person and a student since he has been here at Arkansas.”
Ward a Sports Management major will graduate this December while Lehmann a Finance major will receive his degree next May.