Congratulations to Emerson's two Men's Tennis Seniors Brock Higley and Bernardo Garza on their great careers as Emerson Athletes. Head Coach Aaron Bergeron on the two seniors:
Why we'll miss him: Brock cared so much about Emerson Tennis. He came here before we had a very serious program and he's been so adaptable and willing to make changes for the good of the team. He's one of the most mature student-athletes I've coached and that was reflected in his leadership.
What young players can learn from Brock's career: Keep fighting. Brock has been working with us to develop a "first strike" style on the court and has taken his lumps to this point adjusting his game. This year it finally clicked for him and he was competing and winning important matches for us. He worked hard at this for three years with the coaching staff, and this year it was finally paying off.
Memorable Moment: In his senior season, Brock won a huge match for us against perennial CCC power, Roger Williams, at 5 singles to clinch the 5-4 victory. With the match tied up at 4-4, Brock was the final and deciding match. All eyes were on his court and he came from down a break in the third set to win 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-4.
Why we'll miss him: Bernardo was such a friendly and positive guy to have around. Whatever the team needed from him he would provide, and happily. He was consistently working on improving his game and was beginning to unlock his true potential his senior year.
What young players can learn from Bernardo's career: Be a team first player. Bernardo was always there for his teammates despite having to juggle a rigorous class load at Berklee. He would show up for everything, and if he was worried about getting to the van/bus on time, he'd show up running!
Memorable moment: My favorite memory of Bernardo is our match against Babson during the 2017-18 season. I had never seen him play so loose and relaxed and his game looked great! He was finally able to turn his mind off for a bit and just compete. He lost 6-2, 7-5 at his first match at 3 singles. It was an impressive performance I won't soon forget.