On To Nationals
Congratulations to the JSU Mens Tennis Team for capturing the conference title on Sunday in Kentucky. The team is coached by Steve Bailey who has been coaching the mens and womens teams at JSU for over 20 years. Bailey, a JSU grad, has an amazing number of OVC and GSC titles. His philosopy: “win with class.” JSU is also blessed with a tremendous assistant Coach, Tim MacTaggart. Tim is pure JSU. When he was at JSU, Tim played on the football and tennis teams. After a long and successful coaching career at the high school level, Tim joined Coach Bailey’s program. Tim’s daugther, Katie Boggus, is a JSU graduate as well and leads the Guntersville Alumni Chapter (2008 chapter of the year).
Much like the NCAA basketball tournament, the winner of the OVC generally has to play a powerhouse in the first round of nationals. This team may have the horses to pull off an upset. They went 21-2 in the regular season with their only losses coming to UAT and Eastern Kentucky. Australian, Scott Robertson, had a 16-5 record at #1. Brazilians Eduardo Sarratt and Bernard Bachino went 19-2 and 18-3 at the 2 and 3 spots respectively. Another Aussie, Chris Duke, went 18-2 at #5 and Californian, Brian Kenyon got some key wins late in the season at the #6 spot. Its hard to obtain records this good when you are playing air.
Way to go Gamecocks!