By Courtlin Haygarth, Assistant Sports Editor
With the season in full swing, the Oklahoma Baptist Tennis team will be around Bison Hill a lot for the coming days.
OBU’s Tennis teams will see seven matches this month; four at home for the Lady Bison and five for the men.
As well as the GAC Championships to complete their season.
Spring Break, the midway season of the semester, is here and gone. April, the longest month of the school year, is upon us. Everything seems to happen in April.
With the first half of the season done, which included three Division I opponents in Air Force, Abilene Christian and Southern Methodist, the Bison Men are 5-5 and the Lady Bison are 3-10.
As a mid-season review, we sat down with Coach Proctor to discuss his Oklahoma Baptist squad.
Coach Proctor’s takeaways from the season so far and looking ahead to conference play were the topics of discussion.
Proctor talked about the thick and the thin going through the season. He feels a different vision going into conference play.
“I think both teams are on a good track right now,” Proctor said. “Each side we have had some good matches and some bad matches… some matches that were winnable that we lost. We have also had a couple matches that we won that we very well could have lost. We played a very tough non-conference schedule.”
The mindset is to be positive and the wins will follow in the long run.
“My take is that we are in a good position and we are right where we need to be to go into conference play fresh and feeling confident,” he said.
Proctor said he believes that his boys and girls can go into every match and succeed if they have the right mindset.
“We need to focus on ourselves is what we need to do,” Proctor said. “We are good enough tennis players and a good enough team to, in my opinion, win every single match. That being said, we are also capable of losing every single match.”
The players also have to accept what position they will be in by the end of the season.
“We can peak that high or we can dip that low,” Proctor said. “I have excepted that reality and I think our players understand that reality too. What we need to do is be very, very focused on ourselves.”
If the players feel confident playing their game, Proctor can vision them being winners.
“We know our level and we know if we play [at our] level we are going to do just fine and we will be very successful in conference,” he said. “All in all, what do we need to do play well in conference? Keep doing what we are doing.”
Leading the way for each Bison squad is Kevin Andrusch and Matias Le-Fort, who are each 7-3 in singles on the season.
For the Lady Bison, Kim Moosbacher has been a huge bright spot in a rather poor season thus far for the women as she is 11-1 at No. 1 singles.
After dropping their conference opener against Southern Arkansas, Oklahoma Baptist will finish out their conference season April 13 as OBU will see four matches in eight days.
Their next action will be at home against conference opponent Ouachita Baptist Friday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. Followed by a 10:00 a.m. match time against another GAC-foe, Henderson State, Saturday, April 6.
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