Tennis club smash their way to a series of victories

St Andrews University Tennis - Maria Barragan. By Craig Doyle.
St Andrews University Tennis - Maria Barragan. By Craig Doyle.

The University of St Andrews Tennis Club has looked back on a season of real success at events from across the country.

It all started back in the autumn with the Saints men’s and women’s teams playing in their respective AEGON Team Tennis National Leagues where they were both aiming to gain promotion from Division Two to the top Scottish league.

The Men won all four of their matches and this gave them the league title and a move up to Division One.

The women won four out of five matches to take second place in Division Two which may also give them promotion to the top division as two teams usually move up.

The main competition for the Uni is the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) league.

Four male and three female teams are involved in the various divisions and cups.

The men took their first ever Division One title.

The women’s first team were in a very competitive league in Scottish Division One and had a win and a draw against Edinburgh, a win against Glasgow and a draw against Strathclyde who went on to win the title.

This left the Saints women fourth and keeps them up in the top flight for the 2014/15 season.

As well as the team events, the players were involved in individual tournaments in the BUCS Individual Championships and the Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Individuals.

Maria Barragan became the first Saints player to make it through qualifying to reach the last 16 in the BUCS main draw where she fell to a tough opponent from Durham.

Maria, however, won her way through to the singles final of the SSS Individuals where she came back from a 0-6 first set loss to win the title in the deciding tie-break against Strathclyde’s Lisa Munro and become SSS singles champion.

Just a few days later after the SSS, the University Tennis Club Championship finals were held.

Despite a horrible day of weather, all the matches were completed and produced plenty of great tennis and rallies.

Men’s captain, Craig Stevens, was victorious in the singles final a win over Finlay Hutchison and Craig then paired up with Alex Kamieniecki to beat Ross Gamblen and Finlay in the doubles.

Maria continued her winning ways with a two set win over Latonia Lam and these two then won the doubles together in a two setter v Liz Cardy and Krista Plociennik.