CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK — The Chief Logan Rec Center will host a college tennis match Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. between the University of Pikeville (Ky.) and the University of Charleston.
The UPike Bears men’s tennis team is ranked 21st in the nation in NAIA and is rated third in the Mid-South Conference. UPike Coach Tim Alderman said the UPike Bears call the Chief Logan Rec Center home.
“We call Logan our home court,” Alderman said. “I love the Chief Logan Rec Center. Director Terry Mullins and everyone there are so good to us. They are great.”
Alderman and the UPike tennis team played an intrasquad scrimmage at the rec center last year and have held tennis clinics there.
“I have everybody back from last year’s team that started for me,” Alderman said. “We should be good by the end of the year.”
The two tennis teams will play six singles matches and three doubles. The team that wins 5-9 matches wins the entire tournament, he said.
“Last year, we beat UC 7-2. We played in their tournament and we beat Ohio Dominican. Our players beat theirs head-to-head.
Alderman and the UPike Bears will bring an international squad over to the Chief Logan Rec Center.
“We’ve got guys from Poland, New Zealand, Colombia, Argentina, Russia, France, Africa and America,” Alderman said. “We’ve been to Louisville, Lexington and Hilton Head and the people at the Chief Logan Rec Center treats our kids better than anywhere we go. They really welcome our international players.”
Alderman said the UPike Bears finished in the top 32 teams in the nation.
He said the University of Charleston team will be tough to beat.
“It should be a good match,” he said. “We can’t go in there thinking they are going to lie down for us. They are a good team.”
Alderman said warmups begin at 6 p.m. at the Chief Logan Rec Center on Tuesday evening and the matches begin around 6:30 p.m.
The Bears were ranked 18th in the 2013 preseason poll, the highest the team has ever been ranked. UPike finished 10-5 overall and 6-2 in Mid-South Conference play.
The college tennis match is the second big event held at the Chief Logan Rec Center this year. The facility recently hosted a Mountain State Athletics Conference swim meet, won by George Washington High School, in the rec center pool.
The Chief Logan Rec Center is a state-of-the-art health and wellness facility that was built by then-Governor Joe Manchin and the Logan County Commission to help curb the growing rate of obesity in the southern coalfields. It has around 2,000 members from southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky and host events’ ranging from karate tournaments to swim meets to tennis tournaments.
For more information on the Chief Logan Rec Center pool or for more information on the activities and facilities the rec center offers, call the Chief Logan Rec Center at 304-855-8591.