LA Tech will take on the No. 6 seed Texas State on Thursday, April 25 at 3 p.m CT
Lady Techsters improve to 14-4 on the season
Lady Techsters improve to 13-4 on the season
First serve is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at USM and Senior Day is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the LA Tech Tennis Complex
Lady Techsters improve to 10-4 on the season and 5-1 in WAC play
When first-year head coach Freddy Gomez was hired last November, he had some very lofty goals for the Louisiana Tech tennis program.
The team returned just three players from last season and had two incoming freshman from South America and a walk-on coming on board to fill out the six-person roster.
With no fall season practice or tournament play under their belt, The Lady Techsters opened the year losing three of their first four matches.
However, in early March Gomez brought in two more freshman signees in Joanna Nalborska and Alexandra Starkova that completely altered the direction of the season.
The Lady Techsters claimed victories in 13 of their last 14 matches, including going 7-1 in WAC play, to finish the regular season with its highest ever conference finish of third place.
Prior to the season, LA Tech had only won one match in the competitive Western Athletic Conference since joining the league in 2001.
Gomez's squad had a program-record four players named to the All-WAC team, including the program's first ever conference Freshman of the Year, and advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Tournament for the first time in program history, almost knocking off the eventual conference champion and nationally-ranked San Jose State.
The 15-5 overall record was the most wins by the program since 1994.
Prior to coming to Ruston, Gomez served as an assistant coach for two and a half years with the Virginia Tech Hokies where he was responsible for multiple duties such as recruiting, promotions, scheduling, practices and administration.
While in Blacksburg, Va., he successfully recruited the No. 16 ranked player in the nation in the 2012 freshman class which led to Virginia Tech's entire class being ranked 16th nationally - one of the highest in program history.
In 2011-12, he helped develop the program's first ever two-times All-Atlantic Coast Conference from VT, and the team reached a top-50 national team ranking, while developing other players who reached national rankings in doubles and singles as well.
During his time at Virginia Tech, the Hokie players were not only successful on the courts, but in the classroom as well as the women's tennis team carried the highest GPA among the University's sports programs. Gomez said he has aspirations of achieving the same type of success at LA Tech.
Prior to joining Virginia Tech's coaching staff, Gomez was a staff coach for three years at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla. where he developed junior players into top national USTA and international ITF rankings while also assisting with WTA players within the professional ranks.
During the summers, he coordinated and promoted tennis camps as an assistant tennis pro at Cliff Drysdale Tennis in Southampton, N.Y. where they specialize in tennis program development and daily tennis operations.
Louisiana originally became home to Gomez when served as a private tennis coach while obtaining his masters of science in sports management from Louisiana State University in the spring of 2008.
Gomez also had brief stints as an assistant tennis director at the George Washington University Tennis Center, as a tennis pro staffer at Green Spring Racquet Club in Baltimore, Md. and as an assistant men's tennis coach at Illinois State University in 2006.
As a former player and student-athlete at the University of Toledo, he has also competed at the top levels of Division I collegiate tennis and international junior competition, earning significant accomplishments on the court as well as academically.
Gomez was a varsity team captain at Toledo and team MVP for the men's tennis team, garnering multiple conference player of the week honors. He earned a bachelor's of business administration at the university in the summer of 2005 while majoring in marketing and international business.
The San Tome, Venezuela native was ranked No. 1 in the 16-18-year-old category in his country and was ranked as high as No. 312 on the International Tennis Federation junior circuit.
Gomez is also USPTA Certified and fluent in Spanish. He and his wife Julie, a native of Hammond, have two Dachshund dogs, Bruno and Brees, named after New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.