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14 March 2007 PR 07/33

Hint of revenge for Loughborough tennis teams ahead of BUSA finals

Loughborough University’s tennis teams head to the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) finals in Scotland this weekend, sensing a chance of revenge.

“It is a bit of payback. We have something to prove this weekend because the teams we are meeting in the semi-finals on Saturday beat us last year, though it was the men who lost to Bath, while our women’s team lost to London Met in the final,” said University tennis coach John Pankhurst.

Loughborough’s men’s team will this year meet London Met in the semi-finals, while the women will meet Bath. If they win those matches they advance to the finals on Sunday, where three teams from the University could be competing.

The University’s women’s second team have already made the final at Stirling University, where they will also meet Bath.

“This really is the highlight of the early part of the year. It is the biggest BUSA event of the year” added Pankhurst.

“Any team that makes it to the final four at BUSA are certainly not mugs and are playing a very good standard of tennis.

“We probably don’t get as excited about an event until the final stages of the National Club League, which take place in September.”

Pankhurst added he was also pleased that University team members Dave Culshaw (Business) and Katie Shaw (English and Sports Science) had been selected to represent BUSA for a match against the All England Club on Wimbledon’s hallowed grass courts in April.

“This is a real honour for Dave and Katie. It puts them in the top four University players in the country and gives them an opportunity to be selected for the British Universities team to go to Bangkok in August for the World University Games.”

Pankhurst said while the team was concentrating on the immediate goal of winning the BUSA titles, the National Club League was next on the team’s calendar with competition beginning at the end of March.

“It’s a good competition that runs through the summer and we do really well each year so we are looking forward to that – after this weekend of course.”


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