Soufiane Azargui: Taking Over Colgate

Written by: Soufiane Azargui


***19 year old Soufiane Arzagui came to Toronto from Morocco at the age of 10 and a half. Over the next 7 years, Soufiane developed as an excellent tennis player winning singles and doubles titles at the national and ITF level as well as maintaining a high academic level at Bateman High School in Burlington. After six years at the ACE tennis Academy he fulfilled his objective of receiving a scholarship to an Ivy League school, Brown University in September of 2010.  Soufiane will be blogging us on a regular basis about his freshman season.***


This past week was yet another hard practice week in preparation for our match last Saturday against Colgate University, held at our “home away from home” in Riverside, Rhode Island. We were going into this match as heavy favorites to win but we wanted to use this match to keep our intensity at the highest level and work on certain aspects of our game that we had worked on in our previous practices. I was set to play #1 doubles with my good friend Brandon Burke and #6 singles. We came out strong, sweeping all three doubles matches, winning ours 8-2. We continued our momentum into the singles matches, winning 5 of the remaining 6 matches, where I won my match 6-0 6-2. All in all, I feel that this has been a successful week with a very solid weekend by our team as we beat Colgate 6-1 and have gotten better at playing the “patterns” as our team Coach likes to preach. Anyways, I’ll keep you guys updated on this week as we began our preparations for a tough upcoming weekend against two solid teams! 🙂 Off to class, I’ll talk to you guys later!

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