Tennis roundup: Shreveport’s Weaver making his mark at A&M

YOUR INVOLVEMENT WELCOMED: The Northwest La. Community Tennis Association is always looking for volunteers to be able to continue its support of the local tennis community.

By HARRIET PROTHRO PENROD, Journal Sports

Shreveport native Mark Weaver has already led the Texas A&M women’s tennis team to its most successful season in school history and it’s not over yet.

Weaver, a Caddo Magnet graduate, played on the Aggies’ men’s tennis team from 1990-1994 and is in his seventh season as the women’s head coach. The Southeastern Conference champion Lady Aggies (32-1, 13-0 SEC) will host Vanderbilt in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at the Mitchell Tennis Center in Bryan-College Station.

The No.7-ranked Lady Aggies are in their third straight Round of 16 and eighth overall in program history.

“I’m very proud of our group,” says Weaver, who started as a volunteer assistant in 1999 and served as both an assistant coach and associate head coach before taking over as head coach in 2015. “We’re a far better team right now than we were back in January. That’s kind of one of our big mottos all throughout the season. I think the team may get tired of hearing it, but it’s ‘Let’s get better today.’ I think we’re really showing it right now.”

Time to step up — With May being National Tennis Month, there is no better time than now to step up and help promote the sport in our community.

An excellent way to pitch in is to become a volunteer at the Northwest Louisiana Community Tennis Association. The CTA is a volunteer organization that supports and provides programs which pulls the community together by promoting and developing the growth of tennis.

The purpose of the NWLACTA is to make a positive impact on the tennis community by providing support and resources in the development of programs, events, leagues, and facilities promoting tennis as a lifetime healthful sport within North Louisiana to all ages and skill levels.

All members of the United States Tennis Association are automatically grandfathered into the CTA. Also, any tennis enthusiast who is willing to devote time and energy and who will bring constructive ideas and suggestions is welcome to be a part of any or all CTA meetings.

For information, check out the CTA website at www.playtennissb.com.

Querbes confirms event – What was once tentatively scheduled is now confirmed. In a unique event, Querbes Park is offering a clinic to introduce kids and adults to two lifetime sports: golf and tennis.

On Saturday, May 28 from 2:00-4:30 p.m., participants can take part in a one-hour introduction to each sport. Tennis director Chris Dudley will get things started at the Tennis Center, followed by golf director Nathan Barrow at the Golf Course. Cost is $25 per participant.

Other activities scheduled for Querbes Tennis Center include an afternoon of fun playing and competition (May 21 from 1-4 p.m.), a Spring Mixer (May 21 from 4-7 p.m.), and “Oldsters and Youngsters” where juniors will play with seniors (May 27 from 9-11 a.m.). For information on  upcoming events, contact Michael Schaff at 318-673-7787 or michael@querbestenniscenter.net.

Photo courtesy of NWLACTA


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