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...
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.
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...