After Temple College males’s tennis misplaced to Penn on March 17, the avid gamers had a gathering. Even supposing the Owls misplaced handiest, 4-3, the avid gamers nonetheless felt it used to be important to regroup.
The avid gamers believed they will have to have crushed Penn. As they mirrored on their loss, they set a problem for themselves: paintings tougher to ensure they win shut suits in opposition to convention combatants.
For the reason that assembly, the Owls (13-6, 3-1 American Athletic Convention) have received 8 consecutive suits. Temple may input this week’s convention match on a nine-match win streak if it beats Jap Florida State Faculty on Tuesday.
“We determined to switch our mentality and the angle in apply,” senior Alberto Caceres Casas stated. “Since that day, victories got here.”
“The perspective used to be in point of fact just right,” Caceres Casas added. “We simply had to paintings tougher as it used to be an in depth event. We knew that we might have two convention suits that had been extra essential. We determined to head for them and apply at 200 %.”
Trainer Steve Mauro hopes Temple’s contemporary good fortune will give it momentum forward of the convention championships hung on Thursday to Sunday.
Temple began the streak through beating Hofstra College, 7-0, on March 21. The Owls earned convention wins in opposition to East Carolina and Tulsa within the fourth and 6th suits of the streak. Tulsa (14-11, 2-Three The American) used to be ranked 47th within the Intercollegiate Tennis Affiliation scores on the time of its event with Temple on April 7.
“Tulsa is all the time a height staff within the nation once a year,” Mauro stated. “To head at the street and be capable of beat Tulsa used to be an enormous accomplishment for our staff. We all know if we will beat Tulsa, we will compete with someone within the nation.”
Profitable the doubles level has been key all through the profitable streak, Caceres Casas stated. After their loss to Penn, the Owls wired the significance of the doubles level, which they misplaced in opposition to Penn.
Temple has handiest misplaced one doubles level for the reason that Penn event. Of their event in opposition to Tulsa, the Owls received the doubles level, which used to be the deciding think about a 4-Three win.
Caceres Casas and sophomore Mark Wallner are ranked No. 71 within the ITA’s top-90 doubles pairs launched on April 9. Caceres Casas and Wallner are 15-Three and feature misplaced handiest as soon as for the reason that Penn event.
Senior Uladzimir Dorash and junior Paolo Cucalon even have double-digit wins. Dorash and Cucalon are 12-Three and feature now not misplaced for the reason that Penn event.
“We’re profitable far more doubles issues this 12 months,” Wallner stated. “That’s what makes the largest distinction as a result of you’ll see what number of suits we misplaced 4-Three and what number of we received 4-3. It used to be all the time the doubles level that used to be deciding.”
The Owls’ different convention win got here in opposition to Connecticut, 7-0, on March 9. Temple’s handiest convention loss got here in opposition to Memphis (11-12, 2-Four The American). The Owls misplaced to Memphis, 5-2, however Caceres Casas and junior Francisco Bohorquez didn’t compete within the event.
Temple can have been undefeated in convention play if its complete roster used to be wholesome in opposition to Memphis, Mauro stated.
“It used to be unlucky we misplaced to Memphis,” Mauro stated. “Memphis could also be an excellent staff. If we had [Caceres Casas and Bohorquez], we may had been in a position to overcome them.”
The Owls may face nationally ranked festival all through the convention match, which is performed in Lake Nona, Florida.
The American has 3 top-50 groups — No. 32 Central Florida, No. 42 Tulane and No. 44 South Florida.
Despite the fact that The American has more than one ranked groups, Mauro believes the Owls’ win streak will lend a hand the staff get a positive seeding within the convention match.
“The convention could be very sturdy,” Mauro stated. “It’s one of the crucial height meetings within the nation. I’m in point of fact pleased with the fellows’ effort. Optimistically, we will stay the momentum going.”