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OVERHEAD SMASH: Conference USA Freshman of the Year Brock Sakey

August 1, 2006 10:11 AM


One of the most admirable qualities in a young tennis player is humility.

“Sometimes parents and coaches toot their own horns,” tennis and family friend Scott Harrison said.  “The Sakeys are not that way.”

The modestly talented Brock Sakey will be a sophomore at University of Central Florida (UCF) this year.  With a 21-9 overall singles record as a freshman, Brock won a team-high 16 matches during dual-match play in his first Conference USA season with the UCF Golden Knights.  He also made the Dean’s List both semesters of his freshman year.

A four-time MVP and letter-winner for Gulf Breeze High School under tennis coach Sally Nowling, Brock was also named Northwest Florida Player of the Year in 2005.

UCF Head Tennis Coach Bobby Cashman was extremely impressed by Brock's performance as a freshman for the Knights.

"Brock had an outstanding freshman year," he said.  "He really enjoys competing for UCF and we are proud of him for maintaining above a 3.4 GPA."

Coach Cashman said Brock's best tennis lies ahead.

"He has a big upside because of his height," Coach said.  "I believe he will continue to make strides in his overall development and be able to play higher in the lineup every year."

Brock hopes he and his UCF tennis team can win the Conference and “make a deep run into the NCAAs,” he said.

Brock said tennis beyond college is up in the air.

 “When it comes to my tennis career I'm just going with the flow,” he said.  “It would be nice to stay healthy and have a successful college career; who knows after that.  I’m having fun playing college tennis.”

Brock would refer to his family as a tennis family.  He played his first competitive tournament when he was nine or 10, and he remembers knocking the ball around when he was little.

Brock’s father Brian is the director of tennis for the Pensacola Racquet Club; he has been coaching tennis locally for more than 25 years.  Brock’s brother Ross plays tennis and soccer for Gulf Breeze High School.  His mother was a very good tennis player before she passed away about two and a half years ago.

“Two of my favorite tennis accomplishments are winning a mixed doubles tournament with my mom a few years back,” he said.  “And recently earning Conference USA Freshman of the Year.”

Brock’s father has definitely impacted his tennis.

“Dad is the most knowledgeable person I have ever met in the game of tennis,” Brock said.  “He has brought me where I am today.”

Congratulations, Brock, father Brian and brother Ross.  USTA Florida would like to “toot your horn,” as Scott said.  GOOD LUCK next season – Go Knights!



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