UNO tennis teams looking to shine

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August 8th, 2013

Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska Omaha men’s and women’s tennis teams head into the 2013-2014 season looking to create depth and improve as a team, according to head coach Mike Saniuk.

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Saniuk has coached the men’s team at UNO since 2010 and the women’s since 2011. On the women’s side he praised the play of senior Alex Tran.

“She will bring a lot of leadership,” Saniuk said. “She’s got a ton of experience. Being one of two seniors on the team and her game is very, very crafty. She is a very smart player and our girls can learn a lot from just watching her play.”

Head Coach Mike Saniuk heads into his third year as director of both the men's and women's teams at UNO. (Photo Courtesy UNO  Athletics)

Head Coach Mike Saniuk heads into his third year as director of both the men’s and women’s teams at UNO. (Photo Courtesy UNO Athletics)

Tran, who graduated from Central High in Omaha, played one season of club tennis at the University of Pennsylvania.

Saniuk says the NCAA considers club sports as varsity competition and as such it consumes eligibility time. Tran held a 10-10 record last year in singles play, but had a 4-2 tally in conference and finished the last nine matches with a 6-3 record.

Saniuk says the men’s team is a bit different as it lacks a true number one as last year’s Conner Tieszen transferred out for personal reasons. But that doesn’t keep Saniuk worried; it keeps him excited as competition breeds success.

“On our men’s side – we are going to have a team where anyone can beat anyone on (any given day),” Saniuk said. “And that is from our number one player all the way up to our number eight player. You know we are going to be pretty evenly matched. We won’t have a true number one player or a true number two,” he said.

Practice begins Wednesday, August 28 and the first competition is Labor Day weekend in Omaha.

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