The Meridian Community College Tennis program will go into the 2019 season with a new head coach. Simon Bardell takes over the Eagles tennis program after the retirement of legendary Head Coach Wanda McPhail. McPhail retired after two highly successful decades with the Eagles tennis program. Bardell, an MCC tennis alum, hopes to continue the winning tradition started many years ago.
Though the teams are fairly young this season, they have gained valuable experience throughout fall and spring practices. The Eagles had a successful fall season. The men and women picked up wins over East Central Community College. The teams also got valuable experience during a scrimmage at Mississippi College.
The Eagles men’s team has some experienced players returning, while also mixing in some new talent. They have seven returning sophomores and have brought in four freshmen for this season. Sophomore Marko Puric will start the season in the number one singles spot. Puric and Max Mauney will occupy the number one doubles spot for the men.
The Lady Eagles will field a young team this season. They have one returning sophomore and will add six freshmen to the roster this season. Sophomore Kenedy Rodriguez will start the season in the number one singles spot for the Lady Eagles. Freshmen Zoe Freke and Elisiva Latu will start the season as the number 1 doubles pairing.
“We are looking forward to having a good season. The kids have worked hard and are ready to get the season started,” said Bardell.
The Eagles season gets started Friday, February 1 at Itawamba Community College. The Eagles will host their first home match Thursday, February 21 against East Central. All home matches will take place at Northeast Park Tennis Center.