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End to college tennis career

April 30, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
It was bittersweet this weekend when I headed to Madison to watch the fourth and final year of Midwest Conference matches in tennis for my son, Matt.

Matt played both number two singles and doubles matches and had a great season as well as college and high school careers. It’s something he has loved to do since he started playing with his brother and going to tournaments in the sixth grade.

I have always enjoyed watching my kids play sports and that time was extended in college with both boys playing tennis and Ryan also playing football. With tennis, you can play well into your 80s — I have seen that with the group my husband plays tennis with at City Park.

Saturday was the singles competition and it was awesome to see Matt, as well as the rest of the team, all getting into the semi-finals or winning the consolation finals. Everyone played well and I saw such a high level of competition — it’s a nice way to end a four year career at St. Norbert College. He ended the season with a 9-13 record.

Sunday’s doubles competition was equally fun to watch as they showed how much they had progressed during the year working with their teammates. The teams were either into the semi-finals or consolation finals.

As a team, they earned a total of 42 points and took fifth in the competition with only a point or two separating the teams that placed 3-5. There are a total of 10 teams in the Midwest Conference.

But the good thing about having a senior in college is that, ready or not, he’ll be graduating on Mother’s Day as an accounting major. It’s what he started out studying as a freshman in college, and it’s always good when you can graduate from college after four years.

The job hunt is on and he’s been working on applying for jobs in between classes, tests, getting ready for exams, and going to senior meetings.

He’s definitely ready to move on to the next stage in his life — finding a job, getting an apartment and getting a start on his adult life. I remember what that was like for me after graduating from Northern Michigan University — a mere 31 years ago.

It was exciting, yet scary — it left me wondering if I had picked a major where I’d find the job I wanted. I also wondered where I’d end up living and working. It all worked out for me, and I hope for the same for Matt as he moves from his educational years to his working career.


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