Competitive sports are now in full swing at BYU-Idaho with the completion of tryouts for competitive golf, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee and tennis this last week and softball tryouts to come on May 3 and 4.
Tennis tryouts were held at the BYU-Idaho Center courts, where students came with rackets in hand to try to make it onto one of six teams.
Ben Millard, the assistant tennis director and a senior studying business management, said many are playing competitive for the first time, while others are returning to the league.
Jared Chapman, a senior majoring in general studies, is returning for his fourth year of competitive tennis at BYU-I. He said he has been playing for 10 years since he started in the 10th grade. Chapman said he is looking forward to another season and is hoping to be as successful as his previous seasons.
“I haven’t lost a match since playing here on campus,” Chapman said.
Erika Reeder, a junior majoring in marriage and family studies, said she originally tried tennis as a way to meet new people.
“I tried out thinking it would be a good way to make friends,” Reeder said. “After the first season, I ended up loving tennis and have been doing it every spring since.”
Unlike the other spring sports, tennis will be played both on outdoor and indoor courts.
Millard said the top ranked matches will be played on the outdoor tennis courts located across the street from the John W. Hart Building. Not all of the matches will be able to be scheduled on these two courts. All other matches will be played at the I-Center courts.
“The goal is to have as many matches as we can on the outdoor courts, but the indoor will act as overflow,” Millard said. “Playing on the outdoor courts is definitely what the players prefer. The surface makes all the difference.”
Millard said when the ball hits the court in the I-Center, it doesn’t slow it down as much as an outdoor court and it makes it difficult to return.
McKenna Waite, a freshman studying public health, said with the top matches being played outside, players are more motivated to make it into the top spots on their team so they can play outdoors.
Waite said she played tennis in high school, in clubs and on a team at a community college. She said she was excited to get into the competitive scene for tennis on campus.
“Playing inside is just not the same,” Waite said. “I guess the competition is to be the ones who play on the outdoor courts.”
Other sports had tryouts at their various outdoor locations according to the Sports Activities Web page.
The tryouts for golf included putting, chipping, driving range and a 9-hole round, according to the Sports Activities Web page.
Lacrosse and Ultimate Frisbee teams have been chosen for the spring season. Softball tryouts are anticipated to happen this week on May 3 and 4 from 4-6 p.m at the four-plex according to the Sports Activities Web page.