Mister Roger's Neighborhood: May 13
Senior Roger Gubser (Laredo, Texas) chimes in once again with the NCAA Tournament edition of Mister Roger's Neighborhood. Roger has done quite well since his last visit, earning All-Big 12 honors on the courts and in the classroom. He also was recently named the Senior Player of the Year for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's South Central Region.
Hello Texas Tennis Fans!
Welcome back to Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, home of the 2006 Big 12 Conference Champions! The Big 12 regular season and tournament titles finally found its way back to the Neighborhood, and it sure feels satisfying knowing that all of our hard work and dedication really has paid off thus far. Texas Men's Tennis lit the UT Tower for the first time during my long five-year tenure. We certainly are not satisfied by any means, though. We have bigger and better goals in mind.
The conference season ended on a great note. We finished the regular season undefeated at home (one of our goals) in splendid fashion by beating our longtime rivals, the Texas Agricultural and Mechanical Aggies. The match, being my last regular season contest, was such a special feeling…I simply cannot explain it. We knew if we won the match that we would win a share of the Big 12 regular season title with Baylor.
I have enjoyed every moment of my senior year to the maximum, and I would like to extend a warm appreciation for our dedicated fans who supported us immensely throughout the year. You guys and girls have truly made this season a special and memorable one. The Illinois, Pepperdine, and A&M crowds were three of the biggest crowds I have ever played in front of at Texas.
We have put ourselves in a position to accomplish great things. Our No. 3 national ranking has allowed us to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Championships this weekend. We are all very excited to play at home once again. We beat Tennessee Tech on Saturday, and we have a tough match against Rice on Sunday. We hope you can join us on Sunday!
Well, these past few months have just been incredible. We have had so much fun as team on and off the court. A big part of our success is due to the fact that we really do enjoy being part a team, which allows us to push each other hard and strive for a common goal. I am going to leave you with a few stories about how our team really has no common sense at times:
· The record for pushups in one day is 46,001, and when Pluto (Michael Venus) heard this, he asked if the person did them consecutively.
Thanks again for supporting us, and we hope to see you on Sunday!