Howard University athletics hasn’t had much postseason success during the 2009-2010 year, but that may be changing soon.
The Lady Bison tennis team completed its regular season on April 10 with a confidence-building win against non-conference opponent Longwood, 4-3, at Howard’s campus in Washington. The victory gave HU a 13-3 overall record, good for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North division.
Howard will now take a first place seed into the MEAC Championship tournament, a huge improvement from last year’s 6-12 overall record. Lady Bison coach Larry Strickland told the AFRO that the difference in success between this year and last year is simple.
“We’re simply a better team with better players,” said Strickland, who has coached tennis for more than 25 years. “We went through a rebuilding process this offseason and recruited some fresh talent.”
Some of the fresh talent Strickland mentioned includes sophomore Michelle Brown, who individually recorded 14 wins this season, and freshman Brittney Morgan, who added 12 individual wins.
“The way they’ve played this season, it’s hard for us not to be successful,” Strickland said.
Howard has been perfect against the MEAC this regular season with a 5-0 record, and will attempt to keep it that way when they face North Carolina A&T in the first round of the MEAC Championship tournament scheduled on April 16 in Raleigh, N.C.
“It’s not much advice I can offer them at this point,” Strickland said. “All I can tell them is to go out and play hard, have fun and let the rest take care of itself.”