TROY, Ala. – After spending much of the first portion of the 2011 season on the road playing against nationally-ranked opponents, the Troy University men's tennis team returns home to face Florida A&M Saturday morning at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.
Troy (1-11) opened the season with seven consecutive matches against nationally-ranked opponents, dropping all seven. They also played 11 of their first 12 matches on the road to open the season, dropping their only home match of the season to conference foe and upper class-dominated South Alabama.
This year's Trojans squad is not that of the defending Sun Belt Conference champions, having just three players returning from last year's championship team. The starting lineup for the Trojans this year features at times four freshmen on the court as head coach Eric Hayes looks to rebuild this season.
The rebuilding will continue on Saturday morning when TROY faces Florida A&M at 11 am at the Lunsford Tennis Complex. The Rattlers will pose a threat to TROY, as they fell to the Trojans last season at home but have the majority of their team returning.
Meanwhile, the Trojans will be looking to rebound from their defeat at the hands of Florida Atlantic last week, as they fell to the Owls on the road to close out their Spring Break trip.
This season, the Trojans have used a variety of lineups, including using Branko Weber and Anas Rouchdi (two upperclassmen) at number one and two singles. Weber has also played at number three, while Rouchdi has played at number two singles the majority of the season. The other upperclassman that returned this season, senior Mario Rolemberg has played at number four and five singles this season.
Meanwhile, Hayes has used freshmen Sami Ghorbel (number two and three singles), Jamie Eccelton (number four, five and six singles), Niklas Jonsson (number three, four, five and six singles) and Mansingh Athare (number six singles) this season.
Admission is free for all home tennis matches at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.