MELBOURNE, Australia – The Gopher Men’s Tennis team is spending over a week training in Australia this month. During their stay, members of the team will be writing blog updates to keep fans posted on the team’s activities throughout the trip. Today, sophomore Eli Ogilvy describes the team’s return to the practice grind after a day off.
After a refreshing day off exploring Melbourne and enjoying the beach, we were ready to get back to work. After a quick breakfast, we left the hotel at 7:30 a.m. Unfortunately for today, the weather was not on our side. Rain did not permit us to hit in the morning, but with the quick thinking of head coach Geoff Young, the Gophers improvised! We took a detour to the local gym, complete with pools, basketball courts, and a weight lifting area. Coach Young took us through an intense conditioning circuit on the basketball court that left us all gasping for air.
After the circuit, we did a little team sprint competition: Maroon vs. Gold! After three rounds of competition, Maroon came out victorious! The conditioning didn’t finish there, however. Since we had an entire basketball court to ourselves, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get in a little hoop action. We played a five-on-five game that brought out the Michael Jordan in all of us. Even with a little rain, the Gophers made the most of their morning.
We headed to the mall after conditioning to refuel for the afternoon practice. It had not rained for a few hours so we were optimistic about getting a good hit in. After leaving the mall, we headed to the courts, and they were dry! We got on right away and started to hit, hoping to get as much tennis in as possible. Unfortunately for us, the rain didn’t stay away, and ended our hit early and tennis hopes for the day.
Overall, even with the bad weather, the Gophers showed they can adapt to change and make the most out of any situation! Whatever tomorrow’s day brings, we will be ready and excited to get back to work!
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