Broncos go south to
on Friday, February 9 at , will offer less of a
challenge. They are 1-1 with a loss to
scary match will be on Saturday, February 10, at , against
Why the big turn around? Well…for one thing, they went to boot camp…literally. The turn around began with a September 2006 weekend at the U.S Marine Corps training facility, Camp Pendleton. The focus of the trip was to work on coming together as a team.
The Trojans enrolled in a short course where they were strenuously reminded of the power of teamwork by the ones who live and breathe by that code, the U.S. Marine Corps.
They participated in parts of USMC Basic Training…including the Crucible. The Marines are all about team building with small units, groups of six people. So the Trojans split into two six-person units, and began the program.
The Crucible is no walk in the park. It takes place over 54-hours and includes food and sleep deprivation (only four hours of sleep per night) and approximately 40 miles of marching. The entire Crucible event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together solving problems.
The #1 singles and doubles. This year's
Super freshmen and sophomores: The Trojans have a super freshman in Jason McNaughton ranked #91. The Broncos have a super sophomore, Clancy Shields ranked #94…and a super freshman soon to be ranked as well, Blake Boswell.
Match comparisons. Many of the players from both teams have been mixing it up for years. Kean Feeder, injured Bronco, has played Al-Agba and beaten him. Feeder and Al-Agba played in the 2003 USTA Nationals as "wild card" entries.
Eric Roberson barely lost a three setter to Al-Agba, after winning the first set, at the 1999 USTA Indoors Championships for eighteen year olds.
The coaches: Peter Smith and Greg Patton are the best of friends…but they get very "competitive" win their teams are playing. Both are proven winners with great records. Both have many conference championship trophies on the shelf, and coaching awards on the wall.
Patton has the edge if awards measure success.
In 2003 he was the coach for the United States National Team-14 year
olds. His team won the World's that
year, beating all comers including loaded
In 1987 and again in 1997 he received the prestigious NCAA Men's "Coach of the Year "award.
As Coach Patton says, he's just tired of the Big-10, the Pac-10, the
"You've got to grab every opportunity that you can and you squeeze it and you don't let go. If you want to be a big dog, you get play in the big dog pound."- Greg Patton, 2007.
scoring for the match can be found on the