(Above) Matthew Story returns a volley in a March 17 game.

Men’s and women’s tennis at Collin College are fighting for Top 10 spots in the nation. It is a goal that is within reach, according to Coach Marty Berryman.

“I think things are coming along pretty good, and we are gaining focus,” Berryman said during a recent match against Jacksonville College, March 17. “(Our players) came back from spring break fit. A lot of them worked out during spring break.”

Akinora Wada plays against Seminole State College, March 17.

Akinori Wada plays against Jacksonville College, March 17.

On the men’s side, Berryman said the team is fairly balanced in spots one through nine, although a couple of players who have started to come on strong are Zack Frisbie from San Antonio  and Akinori Wada from Japan. Berryman also noted the performance by Matthew Story in doubles. The men’s team was 7-4  after its 5-3 win over Jacksonville.

The women’s team was doing even better, with a record of 9-4 after their 9-0 win. On the women’s side, there are a couple of players who have been doing well for the team.

“Jayme Waites from Australia and Hannah Rey from Midland are in the middle of the lineup and doing an excellent job for us,” Berryman said.

Collin College was ranked 12th in the nation coming into the second half of spring play and Berryman said the team is about to make a big push as they prepare to host the Southwest Junior College (JUCO) Tournament April 14-15. Four different regions will play in the tournament and Berryman is confident that Collin will perform well.

“Our goal for us every year is to finish top 10, so we have our work cut out for us on both sides, he said. “It is going to be tough to break into it, but we have good depth on both sides. We are capable of finishing top in the country.”

Check out Collin College’s remaining tennis schedules here.