CMU’s Lyden wins regional title
Jordan Lyden wanted a good night’s sleep before his championship match at the 2013 USTA/ITA Regional Championships.
Instead, homework kept him up until 2 a.m.
Despite the lack of sleep before Sunday’s 8 a.m. match, the Colorado Mesa University junior won the men’s singles championship, topping Midwestern State’s Kyle Davidson 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 in Wichita Falls, Texas.
CMU coach Dan MacDonald said the singles championship was the first region individual title for a Mesa tennis player since the program went to NCAA Division II status in 1992.
“It’s a great individual performance,” MacDonald said. “It’s also a great experience for this team.
“His serve was a little bit stronger in the third set and I think he just wore the guy down. He was aggressive the whole match. Jordan’s a strong left-handed power baseliner and he’s really a talented all-court player.”
Lyden said he had to keep his mind focused on the match.
“It was just crazy,” Lyden said. “I knew what I had to do and I had to go out and execute. I think the biggest thing was just knowing that I could win, and telling myself that I could win.
“I try not to look too far ahead, but their were a couple times during the match that I had to stop myself from thinking about winning the regional. It’s hard not to think, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to nationals.’ It didn’t really sink in until a couple hours after the match.”
Lyden will represent CMU at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships from Oct. 10-13 in Fort Myers, Fla.