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Wright State men’s and women’s tennis teams are both looking to improve on their Horizon League finish from a year ago as the men went 0-6 in the conference while the women went 3-5.

First year head coach Eric Burns and both teams have their sights set on the Horizon League Tournament.

“Only the top six make the year-ending Horizon League Championship,” Burns said. “Neither team made it last season.”

“We are working toward making that tournament,” Burns continued. “We also believe we have teams that compete with the top teams in the Horizon League on any given day, so in the end our ultimate goal is to win a championship.”

The men lost to their first two opponents, against two tough teams in Michigan State and Dayton.

“The guys had two tough opponents early on and played well in stretches,” Burns said. “But not well enough to win.”

The women started off the season by avenging a loss a year ago to Dayton in the same fashion in which they fell victim last season.

“The women had a great start beating rival Dayton 4-3 in their first match which avenged a 4-3 loss to them in 2015,” Burns said.

Junior Linsey Verstrepen was selected as the Horizon League Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week for the week ending January 24.

“I am proud of Linsey for being named player of the week,” Burns said.

“Both of our teams did extremely well in their classes this past semester, so I am very happy with the team GPA’s,” Burns said.

The men’s team returns to action on Feb. 21 as they take on Indiana-Southeast (2-1) at 12 p.m. and Toledo (2-5) at 4 p.m. at the South Regency Tennis Center.

The women will be back at it on Feb. 5 against Northern Kentucky (1-1) at 12 p.m. and Akron at 7 p.m. at the South regency Tennis Center.