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April 22, 2018

     

      With the main conference play happening in the fall, the MVNU tennis teams have taken the spring season to “keep growing and stay fine-tuned,” Coach Daniel Doan said. 

     

      This past fall was the first full season for tennis as a varsity sport at MVNU since the late 1980s. The program is growing, and Doan is optimistic about their expansion and improvement. 

     

      “For our first full season, we snagged a handful of wins as a program and that was exciting enough for some of the players,” Doan said. “We are looking forward to the continued growth of the program and a deepening of the roster.”

     

      Two freshmen, Danny Mayotte and Gabriela Reyes earned the No. 1 singles spots for the Cougars this season and have continued to lead the team during spring play. 

     

      Five total players are committed to next year’s season. The athletic department is continuing...

          MVNU’s newest team wrapped up its first season this spring.

         Members of the reinstated tennis program said they had a positive experience and are looking forward to taking the program to a new level next year.

         Operating as a club sport in 2016-17, the women had three scrimmages and the men’s team had one.

         Though the teams lost each match, coach Daniel Doan is optimistic about the future of the program and foundation this team has laid.

         “Our first year went well as we grew closer as a team and gained some valuable experience when it comes to match play,” Doan said.

         Doan recognizes that the newest Cougar team is in a tough conference playing against teams with more experience on their rosters. However, they are not shying away from the competition.

         He believes the strength and foundation of the program is in the p...

          After a 24-year absence, tennis returned to MVNU as a club sport this year and will move to varsity status for the 2017-18 school year.

         The Cougars will kick off their season with a scrimmage against Shawnee State University tomorrow. MVNU will host the meet at the Lakewood Racquet Club in Lexington. The Cougars have five scrimmages scheduled for this spring.

         The team is coached by MVNU graduate Daniel Doan (’16). Doan played for Triway High School in Wooster, Ohio, and won all-league honors from the Principals Athletic Conference all four years.

         Doan, who graduated from MVNU with a degree in communications and a minor in youth ministry, said he is looking forward to seeing what the season will hold for the team.

         “We are making progressive steps towards establishing ourselves as a tennis program,” Doan said.

         “For this year, the goal is mo...

September 18, 2016

Two new teams are joining the Cougar sports lineup. With funds from the university’s “I Will” campaign, MVNU is welcoming back the men’s and women’s tennis programs.

After receiving $800,000 through the Seek to Serve campaign MVNU got to work building courts and hiring a coach.

Adding the program is a response to what new coach Daniel Doan calls, “an ever-increasing sport of interest for many people.”

Sophomore Trent Tuttle is looking forward to participating in the new program.

“I played tennis all throughout high school and loved every moment of it,” Tuttle said. “I’m super excited for the new tennis program. I can’t wait for it to start up!”

Though MVNU will not have a full varsity squad this year, it is in the works for next year. For the 2016-17 school year, the program will operate as a club team.

“As the school year starts we will have consistent practices, clinics, and competitive events in which anyone interested in playing for the program can participate,” Doan said.

While competing...

September 18, 2016

MVNU class of 2016 graduate Daniel Doan has been hired as the new coach of the restarted tennis program. Doan graduated with a degree in Communication and a minor in youth ministry.

He has been playing tennis for only eight years, but he is well-versed in the sport. Doan said he fell in love with the game of tennis as a high school freshman.

He played for Triway High School in Wooster, Ohio. During his high school play he was an All-Conference honoree all four years.

His team holds the record for most single season wins in Triway history, and Doan is third in individual career wins in the school’s history.

As an active member of the United States Tennis Association, Doan competes with a national tennis rating of 4.0 – 4.5. He recently completed his Personal Training Registry certification for coaching as an Associate Instructor.

Doan said his experience and positive communication style will be a great asset in building the new program.

During his last year of school at MVNU, he was urged to...

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