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Q&A with Coach Paul Koessler

What are some highlights of this year that shows your team succeeding, facing a challenge, and supporting each other?
Our team became more and more supportive of each other as the season progressed. Our program stresses total buy-in from all members of the team to pull for each other and be encouraging on the court, on campus and in the classroom.

What makes your student-athletes special? What makes you feel most proud of your team?
I am proud of how the team handled so much uncertainty and adversity through COVID. I am the Senior’s fourth coach in four years so stability and continuity has been an issue. I am proud of the development of competitive spirit and belief the team is gaining every match.

Looking ahead, what are you most excited about for next year?
I am looking forward to continuing to develop a culture of competing in the right manner. We will do this in the spirit of being good sportsmen, maintaining our composure, and handling adversity as it presents itself. The height of our success is proportional to the depth of our belief.

 

“PLU Men’s Tennis has given me a mental break from the stress of school and life. Each time I get to a practice or a match and I step onto the court I get to just enjoy my favorite sport.”
– Derek Stone, senior

9 Men's Tennis student-athletes

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15 games played this season

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Chosen to finish 8th in the preseason

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Michael Campbell earned the First Team All-NWC honorable mention

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