Swansea men’s first team recorded an impressive whitewash of Cardiff’s second string in the Bucs Western Conference Cup, with victories coming in all four singles and both doubles matches.
Swansea’s team was made up of third-year captain Richie Fowler and fresher representatives Ollie Jackson, Julian Page and Matt Boucher, while Cardiff gave competitive debuts to two talented players.
The doubles matches were very tight affairs, with both going to the decisive third-set tiebreak after a set for each side.
Fowler and Page, the latter ranked sixth in the UK under-18s, beat Cardiff captain Jon Price and his partner Jamie McKinnon 7-5, 4-6, 12-10.
Boucher and Jackson saw off Gary Hawke and Tom Wilkinson 3-6, 6-2, 10-4 to give Swansea the maximum four points.
It was in the singles matches however that Swansea’s players really began to show their superiority.
Page set the tone with a 6-0, 6-0 double bagel of Cardiff’s Price before Jackson outclassed Hawke 6-0, 6-2 and captain Fowler recorded a 6-2 6-1 win over Wilkinson.
Boucher wrapped up the 12-0 whitewash for Swansea beating McKinnon 6-3 6-0.
“As both a society and a competitive sport, tennis has improved a lot over the last three years,” said Fowler.
“The organisation has greatly improved in the time that I’ve been here, and we’ve now got a really committed team with good numbers, around 20 or 25 competitive players, which has been partially caused by the increase in the social side of the club.”
Fowler insisted Swansea remain focused on the league where they are rivaling frontrunners Cardiff firsts for the title, and their form will help keep hold of players.
He added: “We know that we need to keep our players motivated and enthusiastic all-year round, which sometimes proves difficult.
“Particularly with tennis’ traditionally relatively low profile when compared with other, perhaps better-funded, Swansea University sports.”
Swansea University 1sts 12-0 Cardiff University 2nds