TROY, AL. – It was this time last year that the fortune of the Troy University men's tennis team turned around after participating in the Sun Belt Shootout. After falling in the tournament, the Trojans went on to win the Sun Belt Championship just a few weeks later.
Although things may be different as far as records and seedings are concerned, the Trojans are looking forward to competing this weekend and see what they need to work on for the upcoming Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Mobile.
"This is a great opportunity for our team," Troy head coach Eric Hayes said. "We have worked hard over the last few weeks to get better, and as a young team I think we are starting to turn the corner."
TROY (3-12) will play one of the first matches of the day on Saturday, as they will enter the tournament as the eighth seed. They are paired with one of two non-Sun Belt Conference teams on the first day, as they will face 66th-ranked DePaul at 9 am in Murfreesboro – on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.
Hayes has made some changes to his lineup and things have started to turn around since that point. Junior Branko Weber has been moved from the number one slot to three in singles play, and has responded over the last three matches for the Trojans. After struggling to a 0-10 record at number one, Weber has reeled off three consecutive victories at number three.
Also in the move, sophomore Anas Rouchdi has been moved to number one singles with and has posted a 2-1 record; while freshman Jamie Eccleton has been competitive in his move to number two singles although he has posted a 1-3 record. Freshman Sami Ghorbel is positioned at number four after his stint at the Davis Cup and is 2-1 at the position; while senior Mario Rolemberg is playing at number five singles and has a 5-2 record over his last seven matches this season.
There is no admission to the Sun Belt Shootout which will begin at 9 a.m. and run through 6 p.m. Saturday night. The tournament will conclude on Sunday with action beginning at 9 a.m. in Murfreesboro. There will be live scoring for all of Middle Tennessee's matches throughout the week. Results will be posted on TroyTrojans.com when they become available.