Soufiane Azargui: Playing Longwood and #29 Virginia Tech

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 past weekend was a relative success, we must take it in stride. We had a couple men down to injury and sickness which called for others to step up, including myself. We played Longwood, claiming the doubles point although losing at #1 doubles with Brandon 8-6. I played at 5 singles claiming an easy 6-3 6-1 win over a senior while all my teammates claimed easy singles wins. We rolled over them, as expected 7-0! Let’s go Bears!

Our next dual match was against #29 Virginia Tech. A tall task for an Ivy League school, but we believed, for the most part. We snatched the doubles point, with me and Brandon leading the way at #1 doubles claiming an 8-6 win! We took a 1-0 lead into the singles but unfortunately, V Tech responded better than us in the beginning of the singles. We were only able to get two victories in singles, at 3 and 5, by the captain and myself in three sets! We lost 4-3 but we can take some positives out of that! Let’s bounce right back with a W against Boston College! 🙂 Let’s go boys! 🙂

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