Club attracts more players to the court

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor

One Pitt-Johnstown sports club that is not commonly known is the tennis club, but still the club has seen an increase in members.

Sophomore Kylie Truscello, the club’s president, said members play Thursdays and Sundays at Ebensburg Tennis Center, a 15-minute drive from campus.

“They have indoor and outdoor courts, but we use indoor because we play at night.”

Truscello said the team gained a lot of members through a booth at the activities fair, and also through posting fliers on campus.

“Last year, I don’t think we had more than 15-20 players. This year we have 29.”

She said the club averages 10 to 15 players on any given night. Secretary James Doeing said he tries to make it to both meetings every week.

“It’s always a blast and a good way to get a break from schoolwork.”

Doeing said he and other club officers will still be on the hunt for new members throughout the year. He said he wants to interact more with the students through fundraisers.

Truscello said the team also has set goals for improving their skills and expanding their friend network through club camaraderie.

Sophmore Aaron Inkrote said the team improves their friendships with one another through activities on and off the court.

“Another thing is we do stuff outside of playing tennis like going out to dinner and different events together.”

Inkrote said the club tries to get everyone involved by playing games instead of full sets or matches.

“It’s real laid back, but we also make it accommodating to people who are more advanced and want a more competitive atmosphere.”