It had been 328 days since The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros men’s tennis crew had contended on court and the 2021 spring season brought back fervor and a chance to return to some routineness.
The Vaqueros’ last match heading into the 2021 spring season returned against Incarnate Word on March 6, 2020, so it was nothing unexpected that they were tingling to kick the season off.
That energy stole onto the court to kick away the season as the Vaqueros opened with a couple of ranges over Our Lady of the Lake and Howard Payne. The Vaqueros added another success against Texas Lutheran a couple of days after the fact.
The Vaqueros realized it would be an extreme journey across the timetable confronting any semblance of Louisiana, Lamar, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Troy, UTSA, Rice, and you can’t fail to remember the tenth positioned Texas A&M, yet that didn’t prevent them from placing in the difficult work every day.
A portion of that difficult work paid off as the Vaqueros acquired some week by week respects from the Western Athletic Conference. The Vaqueros joined to procure six WAC Singles Player of the Week or Doubles Team of the Week respects while clearing the two classes twice.
Alberto Mello and Te Kani Williams procured the main WAC Doubles Team of the Week for their presentation in the initial end of the week.
The Vaqueros had their first range of the WAC praises as Mateo Schmit acquired singles player of the week and Zanke Kohrs and Luka Jankovic took the duplicates group of the week respects for their exhibitions against Lamar and Texas Lutheran.
The next week, Kohrs and Jankovic took the WAC Doubles Team of the Week once more.
Later in the season, Samuel de Felipe Garcia was essential for the other Vaqueros’ scope as he procured WAC Singles Player of the Week while collaborating with Carlo Izurieta to acquire Doubles Team of the Week for their exhibitions against Prairie View A&M.
Not exclusively did the Vaqueros put in the difficult work on the court however in the study hall also. With the COVID-19 Pandemic influencing all parts of sports, understudy competitors needed to acclimate to distant learning.
The Vaqueros didn’t overlook anything as they had seven honor roll beneficiaries, three of which made the Dean’s List, and two others had 4.0 grade point midpoints. Four understudy competitors, in Carlo Izurieta, Zane Kohrs, Mateo Schmit, and Te Kani Williams, additionally acquired Academic All-WAC praises.
The 2021 spring season gave various freedoms. It gave an opportunity to begin again while it additionally gave an opportunity to finish things off.
Luka Jankovic had a chance to begin again as he went to the program from Drake University. Jankovic slid into the beginning setup playing the entirety of his matches in the top portion of the Vaqueros line up this season.
On its opposite side, the season permitted a few, as Mateo Schmit, to put the last addresses his university profession. Schmit joined the Vaqueros as a first year recruit in 2016 and in the wake of having his senior season cut off in 2020, he had the chance for one last ride.
The Vaqueros gave all that they had in the 2021 spring season, both on and off the court.
Regardless of how the season may have finished, nobody can remove that from them.