May 16, 2010

NCAA Lane: Day 3

Sophomore men's tennis player Garrett Lane has provided daily updates of the Bobcats' NCAA Tournament trip to Stanford, California. In today's final installment, Lane recaps the Bobcats' performance in yesterday's NCAA Tournament First Round against the nationally-ranked No. 7 Stanford Cardinal.

The big day: Q vs. #7 Stanford. We woke up ready to give it our all and hopefully get more games than Nick's prediction: 8 games.

At breakfast, we all ate at Hobee's - still can't get a simple breakfast but oh well.

I could sense the level of focus of my teammates as we traveled to the tennis center. There was more fire in all of our eyes; ready to make some noise in the national spotlight.

When we got there, we watched the Pepperdine and Hawaii match. Both teams were very talented and fought hard with Pepperdine pulling it out.

At 11, we got onto the courts and began practicing for the upcoming match. Everybody looked great and got a great warm up in. I must say that the atmosphere of the place was awesome; the fans, the setting, and the excitement that we were about to play one of the best teams in the country.

At noon, we walked onto the courts in front of a solid crowd in attendance. It was a thrilling moment for all of us...something that we will all remember.

The doubles matches were excellent to watch. Everybody was playing well and we managed to hang with Stanford. It was great to see how well our team was doing; it really showed how hard we worked for this. At the end of the doubles, we walked off with a sense of accomplishment in how well we did; but we still had a lot of work to do.

During the meeting, we all believed that we could hang with these guys and do well. Everybody had fire in their eyes to show Stanford how good we actually are.

The singles matches were great, everybody fought extremely hard and left everything on the court. At the end of the day, we were overmatched but we really put QU's name out there. In the final tally, QU won 24 games (3 times more than expected) and we left the match with an accomplished goal.

This was a great experience for all of us to play in the national spotlight and we will certainly remember this forever.