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Tennis Programs Wrapped Up Trojan Week on Friday

ANDERSON, S.C. – With the fall season on the horizon, the Anderson University men’s and women’s tennis completed Trojan Week on Friday, a grueling week long fitness test to open practices for the 2013-14 season.

Trojan Week has been a tradition with both tennis programs since 2008; head coach Joey Eskridge’s first season at AU. The annual event was created to establish relationships with the players, as well as providing a tool to see how fit the team has come onto campus.

“We use this week as a fitness gage to see where our strengths and weaknesses are,” Eskridge said. “The women’s team is looking very strong, but the men’s team is not where I want them to be right now.”

The week began with a timed mile run on Tuesday, followed by an uphill and downhill run that ranged just under a mile with calisthenics on Wednesday. On Thursday, the teams took to the field where they conducted timed sprints of 100 and 200 yards. Wrapping up the week, the team took to the intramural gymnasium, due to the inclement weather, to complete the final day which consisted of sprints, calisthenics, and other fitness workouts.

With the teams completing the rigorous week, the focus shifts to the fall season as the Trojans will take part in two individual tournaments.

“The teams are going to get better each day and I’m excited for the season to start,” Eskridge said. “I think the women’s team is going to do really well and the men’s team has a lot to prove this year.”

The fall season begins with scrimmages against USC Aiken, as the women’s team travels to the USC Aiken tennis Complex on Sept. 21, while the men’s team will host the Pacers on Sept. 22. Both teams will have individuals partake in the ITA Regional in Sumter, S.C. on Sept. 27 and the Duckworth Tennis Classic in Clemson, S.C. on Oct. 4.

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