A season ago Mike Saniuk took the reins as the head coach of the UNO men's tennis team and coached the Mavs to their best finish in three seasons of play. UNO men's tennis went 9-9 in 2010/2011, and made it as far as the semifinals of the MIAA conference tournament.
The UNO women's tennis team is making dramatic improvements as it moves into its third season in the MIAA - the power conference in Division II tennis.
Finding the right lineup is critical to success for any team. In college tennis, it may be even more so. Although a team can secure a point by winning two of three doubles matches, six of seven points are determined in singles.
Thus, setting the top six has been UNO coach Mike Saniuk's biggest decision of the week. Fortunately he doesn't spend too much time or energy mulling over the lineup for his women's team.
Tennis coach Mike Saniuk says lengthy trips away from home offer mixed blessings. In some situations, being around one another on a day-by-day basis allows for bonding and team building.
When the week began, the UNO men's tennis team was looking at the possibility of going the year without a win over a fellow Division I team. But a 4-3 win over Western Illinois on Monday guaranteed that wouldn't happen.
The women's tennis team achieved a team goal by defeating a fellow Division I team on Monday then followed it up with victories in two of their final three matches.