T.J. Saniseng continues his tennis career as he opted to join the University of the Ozarks team in Clarksville in the fall.
“His leadership will be hard to replace,” said Van Buren coach Brandy Mosby. “He always brought energy to the practices and the matches. There were things he took care of I didn’t have to worry about. We will have to find someone or some others to replace him.”
He will get a chance to play with former teammate Karlee Hart, who finished up her freshman season.
While Saniseng has played the best Arkansas has had to offer over the past four years with the annual trip to Memphis to start the season, he’s looking forward to playing against different competition.
“There’s going to be actual road trips to other states,” Saniseng said. “It’s going to be really cool and lots of fun.”
Saniseng plans to major in math with an emphasis on engineering.
Mosby recently attended a coaching clinic hosted by Jeff Kutac, the Eagles’ head coach and said he will be a good coach for Saniseng.
“I wish there was a way to keep him around another year,” said Mosby. “I don’t want T.J. to fail his classes just to hold on to him. Also, it would have been cool to have him and his sisters playing for Van Buren for a year.”
The Eagles received a facility upgrade and were officially dedicated back in October. The multi-million dollar Tennis center includes eight LED lighted courts and PlaySight’s smart-court teaching technology.
“It’s really nice and it’s the best outdoor court I’ve seen,” said Saniseng.
His record is 76-15 since he was a freshman and recently received the USTA Margie O’Brien Scholarship at a banquet in Little Rock.
Saniseng is ranked No. 7 in the state and was the recent recipient of the National Head Penn Racquet Sports Promotion for his volunteer efforts to help coach tennis to youths in Van Buren. He was just one of six to receive the promotional award.
He’s also a two-time All-Star Preps Best of the Best selection.
Saniseng also won and was a top finisher in many tournaments all over Arkansas and in neighboring states.