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Published March 26, 2013, 09:35 PM

Former Roughriders Lead UND in First Season of Men's Tennis Since 1990

The University of North Dakota is celebrating its first season in the Big Sky conference. This is the first year UND has fielded a men's tennis team since the 1989-1990 season.

By: Dan Corey, WDAZ

It’s a friendship that begins and ends with tennis.

Joe Lee, UND sophomore, "We knew each other in third grade, Mrs. Qvammen class, Century Elementary."

Jared Vigen, UND sophomore, "I've known Joe not only from high school but we went to school with each other ever since kindergarten and we've been practicing at Center Court ever since we were younger playing tennis."

Grand Forks Red River products Jared Vigen and Joe Lee now find themselves practicing in a University of North Dakota uniform.

Vigen, "I've grown up going to UND athletics so to play for them is a great experience and I don't take one second of it for granted."

Since 1998, there had been only one tennis team at UND, the women’s. That all changed when the university joined the Big Sky conference this past year, now serving up a double dose of the sport.

David Bergstrom, UND freshman, "I've always wanted to play college tennis, so one day I got a letter from Tom Wynne saying that UND was starting up the D1 program and that he was interested in me coming here. So I came up here to take a look and I liked what I saw."

Becoming a member of the only division one men’s tennis team in North Dakota.

Tom Wynne, UND head coach, "There happened to be a number of kids that were already enrolled in school and then we got a couple of transfers and we got three or four freshman and pretty soon we had a merry band together."

As for any team during the inaugural season, the road for the squad has been a rocky one. UND has a 2-7 record but picked up their first league win over Northern Arizona, an ace for the program.

Lee, "Hopefully as the years go by, we will get better and maybe be number one in the future."