Team chemistry, experience propel MC tennis
April 5, 2013
Joe Florio / The Courier - David Johnson
Never short on talent, Monmouth College men’s tennis seems to have finally found the key to sustaining success.
“Our success is pretty much due to our team chemistry,” said freshman Marco Franco. “In doubles me and my brother are clicking. We just have that family bond.”
It’s not often that brothers get to relive their boyhood battles on the courts of collegiate tennis, but brothers Chris and Marco Franco have that luxury.
“It’s natural for us to play together,” said Chris Franco. “We don’t even use signals, that’s how well we know each other.”
Their familial bond has equaled stunning success in doubles play. The duo is 10-2, falling to only Coe and Illinois Wesleyan on the road. However the brothers Franco are not the Scots top doubles team; that honor belongs to the pair of David Johnson and David Stewart, who have joined forces for the third straight season. Like the Francos, the duo is 10-2 on the year, ranking 14th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional Rankings in March.
In singles, the Scots have continued to roll even as Midwest Conference play begins. MWC Performer of the Week award winner David Johnson reeled off four straight wins earlier in the season to earn the award. After dropping four straight in February, the Scots have won five of their last seven to reach the .500 mark, at 6-6.
Joe Florio / The Courier - David Stewart
MC is 3-1 in conference play, defeating Carroll, Ripon and Lake Forest, falling only to Lawrence on the road two weeks ago. Fortunately for MC their schedule is back-loaded with home matches. The Scots have made their final road trip until the MWC Tournament. After falling shy of their ultimate goal last year, Monmouth has much to prove.
“We’ve pushed ourselves hard at practice, and the team has been doing great as a group,” said Chris Franco. “Hopefully we continue that success and win that elusive conference title.”