MARSHALL (8/15/14) – The East Texas Baptist University tennis team is anxiously awaiting the opening of the Veterans Memorial Tennis Complex. Construction of the eight court complex began last month and is located at the corner of Van Zandt and Tiger Drive on the ETBU campus.
“Our three pods of courts were poured on three different early mornings on August 2, August 4 and August 8,” said ETBU Director of Athletics Kent Reeves. “The post tension cables have now all been stressed.”
Both the north and south pods will each have three courts while the west pod with two courts giving us an eight court complex. The poles for the fencing were installed before the concrete was poured. Each pod will cure for 28 days after the pour and then the acrylic surface will be applied. After two more days of curing the courts will be ready for the first serve.
ETBU resurrected its tennis program after a long absence three years ago. The ETBU Tennis team has been practicing and playing their home matches on the courts at Marshall High School.
“ETBU is very grateful to Marshall ISD for allowing the Tigers the use of its courts,” said ETBU head tennis coach Jeff Bramlett. “The team is excited to have tennis back on campus and with the construction of the courts, recruiting for this year’s team has gone really well.”
The Veterans Memorial Tennis Complex is scheduled to open around September 15th, depending on the East Texas weather which could delay finishing the surface.
“None of this could have been accomplished without a lot of prayer and the wonderful generosity of so many people,” Reeves added. “These courts were built with a solid foundation and a great design. They were also built to last for a very long time. The community can all be very proud of the fact that East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas will be the home to some of the best tennis courts in this region.”
The official dedication of the Veterans Memorial Tennis Complex will occur sometime after they are completed.
ETBU is a member of the American Southwest Conference and competes in NCAA Division III athletics. Besides men’s and women’s tennis, the Tigers also field teams in football, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, softball, and baseball.