Soufiane Azargui: Middle Tennessee State and Davidson

Written by: Soufiane Azargui

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***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.***

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This weekend we hosted both Middle Tennessee State and Davidson College on our home courts at school. This was the first dual match to be played at Brown University this season and we could not be any more pumped about playing a team that beat us last year. We came out firing, taking all three doubles matches and the point to set the tone! Brandon and I continued our good run claiming an 8-6 victory at #1 doubles. I did not get the start in singles but it didn’t matter: we won 5 out of the 6 singles matches, losing at only 3 singles! We claimed a 6-1 victory over MT State to continue the Brown Bears Great Run! Here we go boys!

The back to back continued when we hosted Davidson College which would be a tall task to take on. But we were confident heading into it. We started strong right from the get-go claiming the doubles point although Brandon and I lost at #1 doubles. Their #1 singles player was on a hot streak and continued his form into the singles, taking out Brandon in a tight clash. Other than that however, it did not matter, we marched past them with a scoreline of 6-1. Let’s continue the good run boys!!! BEARS!

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