Sunderland University tennis 1sts are preparing for a tough match against local rivals Teesside in their first league fixture.
Sunderland got their year off to the perfect start with a 4-0 win over York St John in the Clash of the Minsters.
But the university’s tennis coordinator Matthew Wigham thinks it will be a difficult test for the team on Wednesday.
He said: “It is the first league fixture and it will be one of the toughest I would have thought. Teesside had a strong team last year and I think they have held on to most of those players this year.
“Last year we won our home match and they won their home match so I think it will be very close.”
Sunderland will be looking to at least match their success last year where they finished runners up to Leeds Met in the league.
“Last year we did really well we came second overall so by that logic, with Leeds Met promoted out of the way, we are the ones to be chased for the top spot,” he said.
“So hopefully we can be strong and have a good chance of finishing at the top end and possibly getting in the promotion places but it is early days and we have got to see how it goes.”
And they have had an increase in interest in the society this year meaning they have had more players to choose from.
Wigham said: “We’ve had a load more people come to team trials this year so we’ve had a much greater pool to choose from.
“The people who have been selected are strong players and one or two are very strong so hopefully it will be good for us.”
The match against Teesside starts at 1pm on Wednesday at the Sunderland Tennis Centre.